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Can diabetic patients eat dark chocolate?

There are only a few days left for the new year. Before that, it is inevitable to eat chocolate at the Christmas party. In such a situation, the question arises whether diabetic patients can eat dark chocolate? Should chocolate made from milk be avoided? For your information, let us tell you that most chocolates are made from milk and it also contains a lot of sugar. Sugar is added so that the bitterness of cocoa is hidden in it. Due to which it contains plenty of fat and calories. Therefore both sugar and calories increase in chocolate. After eating which it is natural that weight may increase. At the same time cholesterol also increases. 

Should a diabetic patient eat dark chocolate?

Many people argue that dark chocolate is safe for people with diabetes because it contains less sugar. Because they contain 70 percent cocoa. But still sugar is added to it. So be careful. Apart from this, they contain polyphenols, which act as antioxidants and research has shown that it keeps the sugar level in the blood under control. Helps the body use its insulin more efficiently. But they are not enough to lower your blood sugar levels and cannot be recommended as an alternative to sweets for people with diabetes.

Apart from this, processed dark chocolate completely destroys these health benefits, hence you can eat dark chocolate without stopping. If you have to eat dark chocolate then you should eat it in limit. If your HbA1c (average blood sugar count for three months) levels are normal or less than 5.7 percent and within the normal range then eating a small amount of chocolate will not have any effect on your blood sugar levels. If your level is high then stay away.

Chocolate contains a lot of calories. So count the calories of chocolate and ensure that its weight does not exceed the daily calorie allowance. This means that you will have to eliminate other calorie sources on the day of treatment. Make sure an indulgence in chocolate is offset by a balanced diet that includes whole grains, legumes, beans, leafy vegetables and fruits. 

Disclaimer: Before implementing the method, methods and suggestions mentioned in this article, please consult a doctor or related expert.


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