Chocolate and Diabetes

Having diabetes doesn’t mean you can’t eat what you want, it just means you can’t eat those things in the quantity that you probably want to. Chocolate is one of those things. 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.

Types of Chocolate

All chocolate is not the same when it comes to the health benefits. Dark chocolate contains more cocoa and less sugar than milk chocolate. You can eat a 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. White chocolate contains no cocoa and is higher in calories and saturated fat than dark or milk chocolate.

Benefits

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 in cells, which causes the blood glucose levels to rise.

Counting Carbs

When you have diabetes, eating can be complicated. Keeping track of the carb intake you eat daily can help you keep your blood sugar under control. Most of your carbs need to come from complex carbs, because they help stabilize your blood sugar. The amount of simple sugars in chocolate varies depending on the type of chocolate.

Risks

Viewing chocolate as good for you can make it all the more tempting for you. While chocolate may have some health benefits, eating too much will lead to a number of issues including weight gain, which is the number one risk factor for type 2 diabetes. Try replacing a sugary snack with dark chocolate instead, and make sure to control your portions.

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Hannah Verret is a content developer at Diabetic Nation in Memphis, TN. Hannah has been working in content creation throughout her entire adult career. When Hannah isn't writing or organizing social media posts, she's spending her time reading and loving on her many pets.