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Fri Nov 16 13:38:36 UTC 2012

Is dark chocolate useful for diabetes ?
Asked By: sarwar  

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I have type 2 diabetes .My blood sugar is normal. One Doctor advised me to eat dark chocolate .I purchased one dark supreme chocolate which has 90% Cocoa but when I read the nutrition information,the saturated fat is 12.0g/40g serving.I think it is too much for me.please advise ?
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2012-11-23 16:27:13.0

Thank you for your question to dLife. Your doctor most likely recommended dark chocolate because of its many health benefits. You can eat small amounts of dark chocolate as part of your healthy eating plan. Keep in mind that eating too much dark chocolate will significantly increase your calorie intake. If you eat more calories than you need, chances are that you will gain weight! So although dark chocolate is delicious and good for you, it should only be consumed in moderation.

There are some studies which show that dark chocolate may protect against developing type 2 diabetes. Dark chocolate contains compounds called flavoinoids, which can reduce insulin resistance. So eating dark chocolate in moderation may improve your ability to use insulin. Did you know that eating dark chocolate can improve your brain function? That is right! Dark chocolate also can increase endorphin release, a feel good chemical, which could make you feel a little happier. Research also shows that eating small amounts of dark chocolate a few times per week can help lower your blood pressure, prevent the formation of blood clots and reduce hardening of the arteries. Dark chocolate contains many healthy vitamins and minerals (including potassium and copper) which may help to prevent a stroke in some people.

Keep in mind that these health benefits are for dark chocolate, not milk or white chocolate. Dark chocolate has cocoa solids (which contain the flavoinoids. Flavoinoids (which are also found in tea) act as antioxidants. Choose dark chocolate which has at least 70% cocoa. Mix a piece of two (one-two ounces) of dark chocolate with some unsalted almonds or walnuts for a delicious snack. Eat small amounts of dark chocolate in moderation as part of your healthy and balanced diet. Check out our slideshow for more information: Yes, You Can Have Chocolate!
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2015-03-18 10:13:35.0

I would advise caution using certain cocoa powders. According to Consumer Labs many of the cocoa powders tested had very high levels of Cadmium - a heavy metal. They list CocoaVia as one product that has a very high level of Flavanol and a very low level of Cadmium. Certain cocoas also have Lead. Their listing of Chocolates is comprehensive and also includes dark chocolate bars.
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2012-12-11 14:51:45.0

Here's an idea that may help. Hershey's Cocoa, natural and unsweetened, contains only one ingredient - cocoa. According to the nutritional info on the product, one serving (1 tablespoon) contains only 0.5 grams of fat total, total carb is 3 grams with 2 grams of fiber. Cholesterol and sodium are both zero with less than a gram of protein and only 10 calories. This cocoa contains the same natural antioxidants found in tea and certain fruits. Hershey's Cocoa is found on the baking aisle at most grocery stores and comes in a dark brown container. I use this to make a protein drink by putting it in a blender with protein powder, diatomaceous earth (food grade) and plain soy milk plus some water. I sweeten it with stevia. Add some ice chips while this is blenderizing to make it icy cold and slushy - great for the summer months.
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