GI of Hershey’s Kisses and More

October 11, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Chocolate

Very few people can resist the delicious, melt-in-your mouth goodness of chocolates like Hershey’s Kisses. They are so sweet and luscious that many people can’t help but indulge in them – and few stop at just one. These chocolates have been around for quite a while, and they are one of the most popular chocolates in the world. However, what many of us may not know is that their Glycemic Index or GI is very high.

Are you on a diet? Do you want to lose weight? Are you in danger of having diabetes or high blood pressure? If your answer to these questions is yes, your doctor would likely advise you to moderate your consumption of chocolate, if not avoid them altogether. Chocolate is high in fats and carbohydrates, and provide an amount of calories which exceeds the daily recommended amount of calories needed by the body.

Hershey’s Kisses are very popular and are sold worldwide. They come in different varieties and flavors. Some may include ingredients like cookie bits and nuts. They may provide the body with energy, and, just like other chocolates, they serve as a natural ‘upper’.

What are the nutrients you can get from these chocolates? Studies have determined that one serving made up of three Kisses yields 75 calories, with 45 calories obtained from fat. The total fat is 1.5 grams while the saturated fat is 1 gram. Said serving also contains 1 mg of cholesterol, 3.8 grams of sodium, and total carbohydrates of 3 grams. Unlike other chocolates, Kisses have a dietary fiber of 0.1 gram and sugar content of 2.3 grams. On the other hand, they also have .3 grams of protein, .8% of calcium and .2% of iron.

Despite providing the body with such nutrients, Hershey’s Kisses have a very high GI which can increase the body’s blood sugar level rapidly. Excessive consumption of these chocolates may result in diabetes, periodic hyperglycemia, obesity, and insulin resistance syndrome. They should also be avoided or their consumption moderated if you are on a low-carb or low-fat diet.

If you can’t resist eating chocolates, try healthier alternatives. There are many chocolate products out there that contain lower fats and provide lower calories as well. You can try other Hershey’s products like Peanut Butter Kiss, Kiss Milk Choco, or Rolo. Jolly Rancher Sugar Free Watermelon, Grape, Apple, and Raspberry hard candies are also excellent alternatives.

Despite the high GI of Hershey’s Kisses, they are still considered as one of the best in the market. However, people should try eating them in moderation to prevent their blood sugar levels from rising rapidly. You can also try healthier options like sugar-free candies and low-fat chocolates.

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