Chocolate can have different effects on people managing diabetes depending on the type of chocolate consumed, the amount consumed, and the individual's overall diet and lifestyle.
Dark chocolate that contains at least 70% cocoa solids can have some health benefits for diabetic people. Dark chocolate contains flavonoids, which are antioxidants that may help improve insulin sensitivity and reduce the risk of heart disease. However, chocolate is also high in calories and sugar, which can cause blood sugar levels to spike if consumed in excess.
People with diabetes should consume chocolate in moderation and choose dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa solids, which typically contains less sugar than milk chocolate. It's also important to consider the portion size and the overall carbohydrate intake, as chocolate can be high in calories and carbohydrates.
It's important for people with diabetes to maintain a balanced and healthy diet that includes a variety of foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. If you have diabetes and are considering consuming chocolate or any other food, it's important to talk to your healthcare provider or a registered dietitian to determine what foods are safe and appropriate for your individual needs.
Other benefits of dark chocolate can include (check with your health professional though as everyone is different!):