Head to head: chocolate vs crisps

Head to head: chocolate vs crisps

In the battle between two of the nation's favourite snacks, which between chocolate and crisps are the healthier (or unhealthy as the case may be)?

240kcal ENERGY PER BAR/PACKET 169kcal
530kcal ENERGY PER 100g 520kcal
56g SUGAR PER 100g 2.6g
18.5g SATURATED FAT PER 100g 2.5g
0.23g SALT PER 100g 1.22g

Both snacks have roughly the same number of calories by weight, but the calories in milk chocolate come from sugar and saturated fat, whereas crisps are mainly starch and monounsaturated fat. A packet of crisps also weighs less than even a small bar of Dairy Milk. Apart from the salt, crisps are a bit healthier than chocolate.

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