Among all sweet treats, chocolate is the most popular. You need to be careful with your consumption if you are trying to manage your glucose levels. Chocolates are rich sources of free sugar. They get converted to glucose fairly quickly in the body and result in sudden spikes followed by crashes. This can lead to increased variability in blood glucose levels. Though chocolates provide health benefits too, they are only limited to dark chocolate.
Tips on Chocolate Consumption that can be Healthy for Glucose Management
- It would be wise to choose dark chocolates (more than 70% to 80% cocoa) as these are rich in antioxidants.
- You can pair chocolate with nuts and seeds for a healthy combination.
- You may reduce the portion and nibble on a small piece to satisfy your taste buds.
- Read labels to find out carbohydrate content and adjust accordingly.
Maintaining your blood sugar doesn’t mean you can never enjoy chocolate. It just means you have to be mindful of the consumption according to your glucose levels. As an example, you might enjoy a low-calorie hot chocolate made with water since it is low in sugar.