Diabetes And Chocolate
Tweet A diabetic eating chocolate may raise eyebrows amongst some people but within reason, chocolate needn’t be completely cut out of your diet. In most cases, chocolate will cause blood sugar levels to rise and in light of this it’s best to limit chocolate consumption to small amounts and to avoid eating when blood sugars are already higher than the recommended blood glucose levels. Is eating chocolate good or bad for you? Chocolate contains a number of beneficial nutrients, some of which called flavonoids are thought to guard against heart disease. However, it should be noted that larger quantities of chocolate can be disadvantageous to health in other ways. If a larger amount of chocolate is consumed, it will raise blood sugars which increases the risk of complications, of which cardiovascular problems is one. Secondly, the calorific content of chocolate is relatively high and therefore overconsumption of chocolate could lead to weight gain which also raises the risk of heart problems. How much chocolate should I eat? For most people with diabetes, chocolate is best restricted to a few squares to prevent too much of an increase in sugar levels. For people with diabetes without weight problems, chocolate can be appropriate to have before exercising. For more strenuous activity, however, even shorter acting carbohydrate may be required. Which chocolate is best for me? Chocolate with higher amounts of cocoa solids are best, as the sugar and fat content will often be lower as a result. For high cocoa solids content, dark chocolate is usually a good pick. Is diabetic chocolate better for my sugar levels? Generally speaking, diabetic chocolate is made by replacing some or all of the sugar content with an alternative source of sweetener, such as the polyols (sugar alco Continue reading >>
9 Ways Diabetics Can Still Enjoy Chocolate
9 ways diabetics can still enjoy chocolate Its a myth that diabetics cant eat chocolate but they need to eat it in moderation, so these tips will help them, and non-diabetic chocoholics, resist too much choc temptation. Chocolate can be a real treat, but for diabetics it can be a real danger. The high sugar and fat content in our favourite indulgent snack means the nations four million diabetics may have a dangerous, and possibly even fatal, reaction if they eat too much chocolate, which can raise blood sugar to dangerous levels. But happily, that doesnt mean diabetics cant eat chocolate at all they just need to eat it in moderation - a mantra most of us should follow. [ Revealed: Calories and age - How much should you be eating?] Diabetes UK says: Its a myth that you cant eat chocolate if you have diabetes. Just eat it in moderation, rather than using it to satisfy hunger, and dont eat a lot in one go as it affects your blood sugar levels. Here are a few tips and reminders to help curb your chocolate consumption. Try eating a good-quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa if possible). It has a stronger taste than milk chocolate, so you shouldn't need to eat as much to satisfy chocolate cravings. If you want a chocolate bar with a filling, choose fruit rather than nuts because fruits lower in calories and fat than nuts - but check the fruit isnt coated in sugar. [ Read more: The 6 worst fruit and vegetables for your waistline and 4 to eat instead] Satisfy chocolate cravings by munching on chocolate-coated rice cakes or chocolate chip rice and corn. They tend to be lower in fat and calories than chocolate, but check labels as youll still need to be careful with the portion sizes if youre diabetic. Try lower-fat chocolate alternatives, such as lower-fat chocolate yoghurts and d Continue reading >>
So Good...it's Unbelievably Sugar Free!
The secret to our incredibly good diabetic chocolate is...well, it’s a secret. No, not really, but it is simple. We use only the finest quality natural ingredients from exotic places like Africa, South America, and Belgium. There are no fillers, preservatives, or substitute oils. And an important part of our award-winning diabetic chocolate recipe is the sweetener. Maltitol is the sweetener used in Amber Lyn diabetic chocolate. It is a reduced calorie and reduced carbohydrate sweetener that has 90% the sweetness of sugar. Maltitol is a member of a family of sweeteners known as sugar alcohols or polyols. Most of the Maltitol used to sweeten other diabetic chocolate is derived from corn, but ours comes from wheat. Our observation is that wheat based Maltitol may reduce the mild laxative effect that is sometimes experienced after excessive consumption. And, it’s gluten-free. While Amber Lyn chocolate confections have proven a godsend for diabetics and others who must limit their intake of carbohydrates, it’s not just for diabetics. Our diabetic chocolate is the perfect chocolate for anyone who loves chocolate but wants a healthier lifestyle. Amber Lyn products are much more than diabetic chocolate and we guarantee you won’t be able to tell that it has had no sugar added. Continue reading >>
Can You Eat Chocolate With Gestational Diabetes?
Chocolate is a sweet treat that has added refined sugar and so many ladies may prefer not to push the boundaries and choose not to eat chocolate with gestational diabetes. Too much, or the wrong kind of chocolate can easily spike blood sugar levels too high. However, for many it is an extremely hard thing to avoid and a small amount of the right kind of chocolate, paired well can be a safer small sweet treat that keeps blood sugar levels at safe levels. Due to the fat in chocolate it means the glucose from it releases slower than some other sweets and sugary treats and it is for this reason that chocolate is no longer recommended to be used to raise blood sugar levels when insulin dependant diabetics are having hypos. If you are a chocoholic who feels they will not be able to control the amounts eaten, then you may want to make the choice to abstain completely, or only buy chocolate in treat size amounts to prevent overindulging. Chocolate can be eaten as a treat with gestational diabetes but here are a few tips to make it more tolerable: Control of levels - Only have chocolate treats if you have control of your blood sugar levels. If you are seeing erratic levels (high and/or low), then leave treats until you have gained better control first. Snack - Eat it as a 'snack', rather than straight after a meal so that you don't over eat too many carbohydrates at one time OR if eating straight after a meal bear this additional carb amount in mind! Quantity - Eat only small amounts of chocolate. If you struggle to be restrained with eating chocolate then purchase treat size individual bars so that you don't overindulge e.g. a Cadbury's Freddo which is 18g in weight and 10g total carbs, or the Green & Black's 35g 70% dark chocolate minature bars, or treat size chocolate buttons Continue reading >>
Dark Chocolate & Diabetes
Dark chocolate is different from milk chocolate. It isn't just the color or the taste. Dark chocolate is chemically different from milk chocolate, because it doesn't contain milk solids and usually doesn't have a high percentage of sugar. Because of the low sugar content, dark chocolate doesn't spike blood sugar the way other sweets and candies do, making it an acceptable as an occasional sweet for the diabetic. Video of the Day Diabetes is a chronic disease that is marked by high levels of sugar in the bloodstream, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Insulin, a hormone secreted by the pancreas, is used to usher glucose from the bloodstream into the cells to be burned for energy. When you have diabetes your body produces too little insulin or none at all or doesn't use it correctly. This increases the amount of sugar or glucose in the bloodstream, which can lead to hypertension, stroke, heart attack, loss of eyesight, kidney damage and peripheral vascular disease. The good news for chocolate fans is that dark chocolate has been linked to improved insulin sensitivity and reduced resistance. A study published in 2005 in the "American Journal of Clinical Nutrition" found that dark chocolate improved insulin sensitivity in healthy study participants. The authors recommended larger studies to confirm this finding. The improvement in insulin sensitivity may help prevent the onset of diabetes, but you must also eat dark chocolate that has not undergone processing that removes the flavanoids or overeat dark chocolate, which can increase your caloric intake and lead to weight gain. Scientists presented a review of 21 studies at the conference of the American Heart Association in 2011. They linked improved health of blood vessels and levels of good cho Continue reading >>
My Love Of Chocolate And My Diabetes
One of my favorite things to eat is chocolate. As a diabetic, I set out to find if eating chocolate was a treat I needed to give up. Not only did I look into it, but I was very surprised at what I found. In fact, I ended up creating my own line of sugar-free chocolate. One of my favorite things to eat is chocolate. As a diabetic, I set out to find if eating chocolate was a treat I needed to give up. Not only did I look into it, but I was very surprised at what I found. In fact, I ended up creating my own line of sugar-free chocolate. There are over 350 million people suffering from diabetes. One of the most frequently asked questions regarding diabetes and diet is whether diabetics must give up chocolate and other candy treats for good. The good news, however, is that those suffering from diabetes can enjoy an occasional chocolate treat if they exercise restraint and moderation. And with many new products on the market that are sugar-free, it makes it that much easier to have a treat every now and then. One of the reasons that an occasional chocolate bar is okay for diabetics is the fact that the sugar in chocolate is absorbed more slowly than that found in many other foods, such as white bread and even mashed potatoes. This means that the body has a bit more time to deal with the rise in blood sugar caused by chocolate. It is important to keep in mind, however, that too much chocolate can lead to excess weight gain that could complicate ones diabetes. Many diabetics wonder about the special chocolates made with diabetics in mind. Like any other type of food, these diabetic chocolates can be either good or bad, depending on how they are consumed. When eaten as part of an overall healthy diet, diabetic chocolate can be an awesome treat, but when consumed in excess, it c Continue reading >>
Chocolate As Diabetes Medicine
I used to say chocolate tasted great, but if you thought it was a health food, you were kidding yourself. But research shows that chocolate helps manage diabetes, prevents heart disease, and improves mood. Is this too good to be true? Next week, I’ll get back to toxic chemicals. This week, I felt like something tastier. According to nutritionist Amy Campbell, chocolate is made from cacao (cocoa) beans. The insides of the roasted beans, or the “nibs,” are crushed into a paste. So right there is a good start. We’ve written before about the diabetes benefits of beans, so chocolate has a good pedigree for health. Most of chocolate’s healing power seems to come from “flavonoids,” biological chemicals that Campbell says “are thought to help lower cholesterol and lower the risk of blood clots.” Other studies show chocolate can relax blood vessels; lower blood pressure, LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, and blood glucose; and improve insulin function. Unfortunately, pure chocolate is bitter. You have to add sugar to make it taste good. And pure chocolate is powdery and dry. You have to add an emulsifier, like fat, to give it an enjoyable texture. So authorities have long called chocolate harmful and told people, especially people with diabetes, to avoid it. Is there a way to get the benefits, minimize the harmful sugars and fats, and still have something you want to eat? The healing flavonoids and flavonols are in the dark part of the chocolate. About.com guide Elizabeth LaBau defines “dark chocolate” as “chocolate without milk solids added…The cocoa content of commercial dark chocolate bars can range from 30%… to 70%… or even above 80% for extremely dark bars. Common terms used to distinguish the cocoa content of dark chocolate bars [from bitterest to Continue reading >>
Can Diabetics Eat Chocolate?
If you have diabetes, you can eat anything -- although possibly not in the quantities you'd like. That includes chocolate. Some types of chocolate, such as dark chocolate, might even have health benefits, in moderation. Portion control is the key to enjoying foods like chocolate if you have diabetes, the American Diabetes Association reports. Dark chocolate is rich in polyphenols, plant substances that act as antioxidants and that might also help prevent heart disease and lower blood glucose levels. Types of Chocolate All chocolate is not created equal in terms of health benefits. When it comes to foods high in simple sugars, less is better if you have diabetes. Dark chocolate contains more cocoa and less sugar than milk chocolate, so you can eat a little more of it if you're controlling your calories or sugar intake. With dark chocolate, the higher the cocoa percentage, the better it is for you. Look for dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cocoa, registered dietitian Mitzi Dulan recommends. White chocolate contains no cocoa and is higher in calories and saturated fat than dark or milk chocolate. Potential Benefits According to a study that appeared in the January, 2015 issue of ARYA Atherosclerosis, high-cocoa polyphenol-rich chocolate lowers blood pressure and insulin resistance in patients with diabetes and high blood pressure. Insulin resistance restricts the uptake of glucose into cells, which causes blood glucose levels to rise. People who ate white chocolate did not experience a decrease in blood pressure or insulin resistance. In a British study published in the November 2010 issue of Diabetic Medicine, diabetics who consumed chocolate high in cocoa for 16 weeks experienced a decrease in total cholesterol and an increase in high-density lipoprotein, the so-c Continue reading >>
Top 5 Diabetic Chocolate Picks
Are you a chocolate lover? And more importantly are you a diabetic on the lookout for your best chocolate options? I tend to make my own chocolate (and we have quite a few recipes for that), but I know most people aren't as motivated as me and prefer to buy something prepackaged. So to save you time and energy I went on a search for some ‘healthy' diabetic chocolate brands, ones I thought stood out of the crowd. When I did my search I was looking for ones low in carbs and preferably sugar free and made with stevia (my preferred natural sweetener). So I came up with a few good contenders for you to choose from and have gathered all the info below so you can make your own comparisons. 1. Dante's Confection This brand is a very popular top seller on Amazon, and I like it because it only contains 3 ingredients! Any ‘product' that has 5 or less ingredients, with ingredients we can recognize, gets the T2DT seal of approval It's also low in carbs and is excellent value for money. Another reason this one is the chocolate of choice is because it is the lowest in total carbs as well. Ingredients: Organic Fair-Trade Cocoa, Stevia, Natural Vanilla. Nutrition – Serving size: 45 g (1 bar) Calories: 260 Fat: 24 g Carbs: 12 g Fiber: 7 g Sugars: 0 g Net carbs: 5 g Protein: 7 g Cost: $16.99 for 4 x 45 g (1.5 oz) bars and many people say that eating just half a bar is all you need to feel satisfied. Check Out Dante's Confection on Amazon Here 2. Lily's Sweets Lily's Sweets has a variety of chocolate blends to choose from, dark chocolate, dark chocolate almond, milk chocolate, milk chocolate almond and more. These are sweetened with stevia and erythritol and have lots of good reviews on Amazon. They do contain a few more ingredients but some of their flavors might be worth exploring. Continue reading >>
Boots Diabetic Chocolate
Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community Wife bought me a bar of this,I know we are told to avoid "diabetic" food products but she loves me etc.so I ate some earlier now it did warn of possible laxitive effect but the flatulance produced I could of flown a kite,very embarising be warned Lethal stuff!!Should have a government health warning on it!! :lol: :lol: I noticed that Boots had started selling "Diabetic Chocolate" they used to sell quite a range of stuff when I was a kid. My grandparents and well meaning relatives used to buy loads of stuff for me and my brother (we were both diagnosed type 1 back in the 70s). Everyone used to think (including us at the time) that because it was labelled "diabetic", we could eat it freely. This wasn't (and of course still isn't) the case. Boots stopped selling the products for quite a few years. I was very disappointed to see they had started selling it again :x . Of course I realise that this is my personal opinion and some people may not share that opinion, I just worry about those who may be misled, especially young or people inexperienced with diabetes (as we were 30 years ago). Wow i feel bad that diabetics get the short straw when it comes to the sweet stuff i.e. chocolate but i come here with good news i have found a chocolate that diabetics can eat and can be very good for you in so many ways i would not say this if it was not true here is more info below. Xoai products are produced with cacao that is unfermented, sun-dried, non-roasted, non-alkalized, non-lecithinized, and cold-pressed. Because these processes are closely monitored, Xoai delivers the optimum amount of the antioxidants naturally found in Xoai products are the perfect delivery s Continue reading >>
Diabetics Guide To Sugar Free Chocolate
People who are diagnosed with diabetes frequently fear that they will have to completely forsake their favorite desserts and tasty treats. While they definitely will have to follow a sound nutritional plan, there is room in most diabetic diets for the occasional splurge. Even better, there are companies that produce sugar free chocolate that is every bit as scrumptious as its white-sugar filled counterpart. Asher’s Chocolates has been in business for four generations, thereby perfecting the art of crafting fine chocolate products using a variety of recipes and techniques. Here’s what to look for to ensure that you’re getting the best possible sugar free chocolate: High-Quality Sweeteners Modern methods of crafting fine chocolates generally involve the use of a substance called maltitol that is particularly beneficial for diabetics because it’s absorbed slowly by the human digestive system, therefore minimizing chances of significant blood sugar spikes. Better yet, only part of it is absorbed. Perhaps the best bonus of all is that malitol contains about one-half the calories of standard white sugar. Malitol also doesn’t cause dental cavities the way that other sweetening agents do. There should be little, if any, difference in taste between high quality sugar free chocolate and its traditional counterparts. If you sample sugar free chocolate that has a noticeable “off taste,” the chances are excellent that you’ve encountered low quality product. You can guarantee superior taste experience by sticking with reputable companies such as ours! Cocoa Butter and Cocoa Powder Proper sweetness isn’t the only factor involved in selecting a sugarless chocolate. Connoisseurs of fine chocolates also appreciate a certain creamy texture, and this is where cocoa butter Continue reading >>
The Dieter’s (and Diabetic Person's) Guide To Buying Chocolate
How can you get your daily chocolate fix -- and eat less sugar or calories, too? That's a million-dollar question that several companies are banking on people asking. Over the past few years, the sugar-free and portion-controlled chocolate market has exploded. There are all sorts of sugar-free versions of favorite chocolate bars. And you can now buy individually wrapped chocolate bars or sticks in 60- to 100-calorie portions, along with the ever-popular kisses. To help you decide among all the options out there, we taste-tested a number of sugar-free chocolate products (and some portion-controlled ones, too). But first, let's talk about how having a little chocolate every day could actually be good for you. Can Chocolate Really Be Good For You? Yes, it's true -- chocolate does appear to have some health benefits. Though more research needs to be done, studies have indicated that cocoa and darker types of chocolate may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, decrease blood pressure, and relax blood vessels. Many of the health benefits of chocolate seem to stem from the antioxidant flavanols (a type of flavonoid), which are also found in other plant foods including tea, grapes, grapefruit, and wine. The cocoa bean happens to be extraordinarily rich in them. The flavanol content of chocolate depends on the flavanol content of the cacao plant used, and the way the cocoa was turned into chocolate. But here are three general rules of thumb: Cocoa powder and baking chocolate contain more flavonoids than dark chocolate. Dark chocolate has more flavonoids than milk chocolate. White chocolate has none. Of course, there's a catch to all this -- you don't want to cancel out all these potential health benefits of dark chocolate and cocoa by eating too many calories or too mu Continue reading >>
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Chocolate And Diabetes
Easter is a time for family, friends, new beginnings and, of course, chocolate… If you – or a child in the family – has diabetes, you might be wondering if it’s OK to eat chocolate and other sweet treats. How could eating chocolate affect your diabetes? Is ‘diabetic’ chocolate a good choice? We’re here to answer all your chocolate questions, plus there are eight top tips on how to eat chocolate in moderation and and some chocolate recipes. Can you eat chocolate if you have diabetes? When you have diabetes it’s important to eat a healthy, balanced diet and only include sugary, high-fat foods occasionally as a treat. That said, Easter only comes once a year, so don’t worry about the odd one or two indulgences as these will not affect your long-term blood diabetes management. It’s a myth that you can’t eat chocolate if you have diabetes, just eat it in moderation, rather than using it to satisfy hunger, and don’t eat a lot in one go as it affects your blood sugar levels. Should I buy ‘diabetic’ chocolate? In a word, no! Here’s why: Chocolate labelled ‘diabetic’contains a type of sweetener, such as fructose or sorbitol, which can affect blood sugar levels. It also tends to contain just as much fat as ordinary chocolate – and is often high in the really bad type of fats – saturated and trans fat. It usually has as many calories, if not more, than normal chocolate. It can a laxative effect and make you need the loo more often. It is also more expensive. Children and chocolate Easter is a fun time for children. There are Easter eggs to be eaten and Easter egg hunts they’ll want to be part of, so it’s important that they don’t feel that their diabetes excludes them from any of this. They’ll also want to enjoy a chocolate treat like Continue reading >>
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Chocolate For Diabetics? Here’s What You Need To Know.
The existence of chocolate dates as far back as 1900 BCE, and it used to only be available in Mesoamerica. Not only that, it existed in a form quite different from the ones we are familiar with now. Presently, the variety of chocolate has grown so much, it could fill up shelves after shelves. Spoilt for choice, how do you know which is the best chocolate for diabetics? Fret not! Here’s the lowdown on all the chocolatey goodness. Dark, milk or white? Here are the three most common blends of chocolate: dark, milk and white. But what constitutes each blend of chocolate? Here are the basics: Dark Chocolate — Made with more cocoa solids (i.e cocoa mass and cocoa butter) than milk products and sugar. Dark chocolate could contain anywhere between 35% to 100% of cocoa solids. It’s usually dark and bitter due to the high levels of cocoa. Milk Chocolate — Contains more milk products than cocoa solids, it’s sweeter and creamier than dark chocolate. The concentration of cocoa solids could be less than 35%. White Chocolate — It’s actually not classified as a genuine chocolate! This is due to the fact that white chocolate does not contain any cocoa solids (powder) at all. Instead, it contains cocoa butter, milk solids, milk fats and sweeteners. So…which is the best chocolate for diabetics? Chocolate may not really be the healthiest snack for people with diabetes. But the best chocolate for diabetics would be dark chocolate. And here is why. Dark chocolate has slightly fewer calories Comparing 100g of each blend of chocolate, dark chocolate (with 60% cocoa) has the least amount of calories. It is 21kcal less than milk chocolate and 28kcal less than white chocolate. Hence, if you’re watching your weight, it’s better to nibble on some dark chocolate instead. Dark cho Continue reading >>