Type 2 diabetes: Eat these types of chocolate to avoid blood sugar spikes

By | October 24, 2018

Type 2 diabetes is when the level of sugar in the blood is too high.

The condition can be dangerous because if left untreated, it can increase the risk of complications with the heart, nerves, kidneys and eyes.

Type 2 diabetes can be controlled with medication, but also by making lifestyle changes, such as exercising regularly and consuming a healthy diet.

Although people with diabetes don’t need to completely cut sugar from their diet, they should limit the amount they consume.

But for those with a sweet tooth, avoiding treats like chocolate can be hard.

To satisfy sweet cravings but prevent blood sugar spikes, eat these types of chocolate.

Dark chocolate

Dark chocolate is a better option for diabetes sufferers than milk chocolate.

One reason for this is dark chocolate has a stronger taste than milk chocolate, so satisfies cravings quicker, reducing the amount you need to consume.

Diabetes UK recommends 70 per cent cocoa.

Fruit chocolate bars

When it comes to chocolate bars with fillings, choose fruit rather than nuts, because fruit is lower in calories.

Examples include chocolate-coated cherries, raspberries or cranberries, rather than chocolate-coated Brazil nuts or peanuts.

Chocolate-coated rice cakes

Chocolate-coated rice cakes or chocolate chip rice and corn are also healthier alternatives to pure chocolate.

Rice cakes with chocolate are lower in calories, fat and sugar than pure chocolate but can still satisfy that sweet tooth.

Lower-fat chocolate alternatives

Switch full-fat chocolate products with lower-fat versions, such as lower-fat chocolate yoghurts and mousses, sundaes and low-calorie instant hot chocolate drinks.

Diabetes UK also advises against buying chocolate labelled as ‘diabetic’.

This is because while ‘diabetic’ chocolate may have less sugar, it contains sweeteners which can still affect blood sugar levels and is often high in saturated and trans-fats, as well as calories.

“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,” said Diabetes UK.

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