If you have type 2 diabetes, your body has trouble using the insulin it normally makes. But for people with type 2 diabetes, they can eat anything you want. There is no food you can’t have. You just can’t eat too much. So you can have chocolate if you are a chocolate lover.
I also have type 2 diabetes and I love chocolate too, but I want to wipe it away from my diet. This article tells people with diabetes all about chocolate and helps chocolates lovers by increasing their chocolate knowledge with information about diabetes and chocolate.
Some types of chocolate like dark chocolate, might even come with benefits if you eat them in moderation. Dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients that can positively affect your health. It is rich in polyphenols and plan substances that act as efficient antioxidants as well as that might help lower blood glucose levels and prevent heart disease.
Types of Chocolate
There are a number of types of chocolate, classifies according to the proportion of cocoa used in particular formulation.
What follows are a few definitions of different types of chocolate, plus some other chocolatey terms for good measure.
- White Chocolate
- Milk Chocolate
- Sweet Chocolate
- Bittersweet Chocolate
- Unsweetened Chocolate
- Baking Chocolate
- Ground Chocolate
- Single Bean Chocolate
When it comes to food high in simple sugars, obviously less is better for people with diabetes. Mile chocolate contains less cocoa and more sugar than dark chocolate, hence you can have a little more of dark chocolate if you are controlling your sugar intake and calories. What follows are some benefits of dark chocolate.
Benefits of Dark Chocolate
- Dark Chocolate May Improve Brain Function
- Dark Chocolate May Protect Your Skin Against The Sun
- Dark Chocolate May Lower The Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
- Dark Chocolate Protects LDL Against Oxidation and Raises HDL
- Dark Chocolate May Improve Blood Flow and Lower Blood Pressure
- Dark Chocolate is a Powerful Source of Antioxidants
- Dark Chocolate is Very Nutritious
With dark chocolate, actually the higher the cocoa percentage it has, the better it is for you
Be aware that lots of the chocolate selling on the market is crap. You just need to buy high quality stuff and organic, dark chocolate with 70 percentage or higher cocoa content.
Potential Benefits for Diabetes
I remember that there are a study about chocolate and diabetes, if you eat dark chocolate some days and you may lower blood pressure and insulin resistance which restricts the uptake of the glucose into the cells. But people who consumed white chocolate and some other chocolate didn’t have a decrease in their insulin resistance and blood pressure. If you doubt it, you can try it see how it works.
How much Dark Chocolate Should You Eat?
In many ways, diabetes is actually a number game. How many grams of carbohydrates you should to eat. So keeping track of the amount of carb you consume day-to-day is important to help keep the blood sugar under control for you. This might sound like lots of work, but your dietitian and /or doctor can help you create a good meal plan that allows for a few simple sugars daily; the amount will vary anywhere, depending on your activity and blood sugar levels. For chocolates, around 12.5 grams per ounce in dark chocolate and 14.8 grms in white chocolate and 15 grams per ounce in mile chocolate.
When it comes to healthy eating, can we really have too much of a good thing? Regrettably, the answer is a fat, big “No”. There is no generally accepted dosage for each kind of chocolate. Dark chocolate does have a moderate amount of sugar and calories. Make sure you include your chocolate in the carbohydrate count. Generally, aim for around 1 ounce of dark chocolate 3-4 times per week. It is most likely easiest to keep track of as the solid chocolate, however you can also eat around 4 ounces of baking chocolate as well as spread out a baked chocolate over 3-4 days. 1 ounce of the solid chocolate is equivalent to around 28 grams. Hence 1teaspoon of cacao powder is a good option to eat in the evening before you go to bed. Anyway, eat everything just in moderation.