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?
Polyols can have laxative effects and therefore they should not be consumed in large quantities. The effect of polyols may vary from person to person.
Some people find diabetic chocolate to be beneficial compared with regular chocolate, however, many people with diabetes find diabetic chocolate to not have enough redeeming benefits
The charity Diabetes UK has campaigned to end the use of the term ‘diabetic’ with regards to food products.