If you have diabetes or are concerned about your risk for type 2 diabetes, you may think that desserts are off the menu. However, there are some sweet treats that can still be enjoyed in moderation without spiking your blood sugar. Dark chocolate is among one of the better dessert choices for diabetics because it is lower in sugar and offers a nutrient boost. Still, you should read labels carefully when you reach for a chocolate bar and always stick to the recommended serving sizes. Continue reading for a closer look at why low sugar chocolate is generally safe to enjoy if you have diabetes.
Dark chocolate contains nutrients that can benefit your health, without much added sugar.
Many people do not realize that chocolate is actually a nutritional powerhouse. It’s loaded with antioxidants, fiber, and other beneficial nutrients that can help the body use insulin more efficiently and reduce blood sugar. Dark chocolate is especially beneficial because it has a higher concentration of those beneficial nutrients without much added sugar. Of course, you should always read the label to be sure of the sugar content of any chocolate bar. Choosing high-quality, gourmet chocolate is a good way to ensure you’re getting more of the good stuff without added fillers, sugars, and other ingredients that can harm your health.
Like any dessert, chocolate should be consumed in moderation.
There is such a thing as too much of a good thing, and that holds true with chocolate. When you do indulge, stick to a standard serving size—about one ounce—to avoid adding too much fat and sugar into your diet.
Look for chocolates without added ingredients that may spike your blood sugar.
One other pitfall to look for when enjoying chocolate as a diabetic is mix-ins like caramel, candied nuts, and fruit fillings that are often jam packed with added sugar. Instead, choose pure dark chocolate with no added sugar or alternative sugars.
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