Should Diabetics Avoid The Sheer Pleasure Of Dark Chocolate?

Dark chocolates for all
Dark chocolates for all

Dark Chocolates are a gift from heaven.  The very thought of chocolates makes you salivate and drool. It’s indeed a guilty sinful pleasure. Children and adults love them. The question is can the diabetics have them. It’s said that if you are a diabetic, you are allowed to eat anything but not in the quantities you want to. That includes chocolates too.

The reports from the American Diabetes Association reveal that dark chocolates have health benefits and they can be eaten in moderate amounts. Dark Chocolate is 70% cocoa chocolate and contains less sugar and milk particles compared to the milk chocolate.  One of the reasons is that dark chocolate is an antioxidant as it is rich in polyphenols.

Benefits Of Eating Dark Chocolate

  • This helps to lower blood glucose levels as well as reduce heart diseases.
  • Flavonoids in dark chocolate help relax blood vessels leading to lowering of blood pressure.
  • As per the study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people with type 2 diabetes who consume 20 gms of dark chocolate daily respond to insulin better than the those who consume milk chocolates.

The above mentioned health benefits have made candies and chocolates made using dark chocolate very popular. There are many products made using dark chocolates available in the market these days. However, check the ingredients before buying them. One of the main ingredients that you need to check is the percentage of the sugar content. Pick up those products that are less in sugar content and more in dark chocolate.

For dark chocolate candy that has dry nuts such as roasted peanuts, almond and walnuts, a pinch of sea salt added to it would do wonders to the taste buds while keeping the health in check.

  • Almonds are rich in calcium, magnesium and potassium. They are also a rich source of vitamin E, protein, fiber and low in sugar.
  • Walnuts are rich in vitamin B7, omega 3 fats, proteins and fiber, also known as hair food, as it prevents hair loss.
  • Peanuts are good source of vitamin E, folate, protein, niacin, and manganese.
  • Minerals contained in sea salt such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc and iodine are in their natural ratios, and this helps keep the body’s electrolytes in balance.

However, ensure that they are gluten free and rich in protein and fiber. The richness of the roasted cocoa beans along with dry fruits and nuts make dark chocolate candies a healthy snack to munch even for those with diabetes.

However, take precautions that you don’t overeat because, that can be dangerous at times.