Halloween means chocolate treats in my household. My wife and I let the kids eat plenty of chocolate and other candies tonight after "trick-or-treating".
I really have mixed feelings about chocolate. Do you feel "mixed" as well?
I wrote a blog about chocolate for diabetics a few months ago...
Chocolate is one of the world's most prized flavor sensations, and most people who are interested in healthy eating have a vague notion that chocolate might have health benefits. For example, this WebMD article published a few weeks ago reports on the combined results of 21 studies with 2,575 participants showing that cocoa consumption is associated with decreased blood pressure , improved blood vessel health, improvement in cholesterol levels , and improvements in diabetes risk factors such as insulin resistance .
Unfortunately, the role of chocolate in disease prevention has proven to be complicated and controversial from both medical and ethical standpoints.
I like orange with my chocolate too. Terry's Chocolate Orange. Yum! But I like Reese's as well. Those are my 2 favorites. I believe you should always take the occasion (rare) to treat yourself. It's good for the soul and the occasional indulgence will not hurt you.
Chocolate is fine. I don't crave it or don't think about it often. I do have it in the house and I hide my favorites from the rest of the household. I prefer Ghiradeli and Dove or some unknown brands of Swiss or Belgian chocolates. The Halloween candy is usually Hershey's or Nestle's with a few Mars chocolate thrown in there. That kind of candy is highly processed and not at all tasty for my tastebuds. I know, snobby chocolate eater. LOL.
Over the years, I have developed a fondness for certain candies. The stores will stock them and poof! They disappear. I have resorted to online shopping. And these storefront retailers wonder why they lose business. LOL.
Oh yeah, me too! I have ordered edible fruit arrangements for my grandkids a couple of times for Easter, rather than sending candy. They loved it! Several of the pieces were dipped in chocolate, although I'm not positive it was dark chocolate.
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I like chocolate and eat it too. HOWEVER, I was VERY surprised at how much sugar content is in chocolate, even the chocolate chips that go into cookies. Its nearly pound for pound sugar.
So with awareness that chocolate = sugar I eat it in moderation and enjoy it for a treat. Sure twinky diets are possible but good nutrition is best.
I like the sufix of this quote: "all things in moderation, especially moderation". Like if you're feeling like you've reversed type 2 and want to see how well you can handle a glucose load-test, go ahead and eat a whole pound of chocolate or one of those super-size candy bars (snickers!)... test yourself every 10 minutes after eating it and see what your curve looks like.
The effects (hysteresis in the BG#) of a single "glucose blast" is actually measurable that way - I've done it lots of times. Like in my profile graph if I was averaging bg at 200 and did that, my bg only went back to 205 or so. Sure that's below the accuracy of the test-device, but done enough times and conscious enough of carbs doing the same thing... its more than just a perception and that KNOWLEDGE actually does support reversing Type 2 via diet. Health wise a big sugar blast like that might make me tired for a while if I noticed anything at all (I don't really).
I eat one piece of dark 72% or better a day. Serving size is pieces, 19g carbs, 11 sugars. Seems like to me my daily ration is only 5 carbs and 3 sugars at the most. Not testing that. Don't test as long as I stick to my diet. Yeah, I think I could go off and eat whatever, but staying tight means I won't slide.
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