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Thu Nov 22 06:50:27 UTC 2012

What is considered a "moderate " serving of dark chocolate talked about in the slide show?

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type 1 1/2 with a1c of 5.2 needs to put on weight with out loosing control of B/S
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2012-12-11 22:02:19.0

Thank you for your question to dLife. Dark chocolate has many health benefits (as you saw in the slide show). They contain phytonutrients called flavonoids. Flavonoids have a positive antioxidant effect. We have heard about the benefits of flavonoids in green and black tea and red grapes. Now we can enjoy the same benefits with high quality dark chocolate! Although several scientific studies have shown the benefits of dark chocolate, researchers have not agreed upon an amount of dark chocolate to eat every day. If you eat too much chocolate, chances are that you will probably increase your calories very quickly. Try adding in an ounce or two of dark chocolate every day, and monitor your blood sugar response. How about making your own trail mix with an ounce of dark chocolate and a hand full of unsalted almonds, walnuts and pistachios? This delicious-heart healthy mixture will increase your calorie intake without sending your blood sugar into orbit. Consider meeting with a registered dietitian who is also a certified diabetes educator. Together you can come up with a meal plan which can include your food preferences (including dark chocolate).
Answered By: Susan Weiner
Accreditations: R.D., M.S., C.D.E.,C.D.N.
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