I often hear comments from many people that diabetics cannot have chocolate. While it is true that they should not have candy with chocolate in it they can have chocolate. Remember that candy with chocolate in it is laced with fillers and refined white sugars, the ‘bad’ chocolate.
The ‘good chocolate’, gourmet healthy chocolates are just what the doctor may order to help diabetics. In the Journal of Diabetic Medicine one study shows the difference between the good chocolate with high polyphenols (high flavanoids or plant based antioxidants) and bad chocolate with low polyphenols.
This study reported was the first of it’s kind with diabetics. According to the University of Hull: “Twelve individuals with Type 2 diabetes were selected and those who participated were on stable medication. They were given 45gr of dark chocolate to eat daily for 16 weeks in a double blind study.
The patients were given chocolate either with or without a high cocoa content. The dark chocolate contained 85% cocoa solids compared to the placebo which contained no cocoa solids but was dyed the same colour as the dark chocolate. Individual 15g foil wrapped bars were provided and the volunteers were asked to consume one bar three times a day. The patients were advised not to consume any other chocolate for the duration of the study and they were instructed to make no changes to their diet and lifestyle.”
After the 16 week study there were significant increases to their HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) prompting comments from endocrine specialists advising diabetics to make a high polyphenonl (high flavanol) dark chocolate part of their daily dietary intake. In the Hull University article Steve Atkin, Professor of Diabetes and Endocrinology, who led the study says: “People with Type 2 diabetes are twice as likely to develop cardiovascular disease and since one of the main contributory factors to heart disease is a low level of HDL or ‘good’ cholesterol, the findings that dark chocolate can improve this, means the results of this study are hugely significant.”
The conclusion in the study as reported in the Journal of Diabetic Medicine states, “High polyphenol chocolate is effective in improving the atherosclerotic cholesterol profile in patients with diabetes by increasing HDL cholesterol and improving the cholesterol:HDL ratio without affecting weight, inflammatory markers, insulin resistance or glycaemic control.”
High flavanol raw dark chocolate is helping to keep blood sugars stable and could possible even prevent diabetes. Dark chocolate is good for Diabetics and allowing them to enjoy their favorite confection as long as they select the right type.
Hi Jean I have a man from 83 years old who uses for a year now a high flavonoid cacao he reduced his insuline from 56 units a day to 28 units a day and also lee neuropathic pains at only one 10 gram square a day When we reduce it more we will make a testimonial on youtube. (Dutch)
I am a diabetic patient. It gives me a hug inside me before taking it. Don, t know what will happen when I will really take it. I am grateful to the writer and everyone related to discovery of this magic event.long live Dark Chocolate(Raw Organic Chocolate) and long live diabetic patient.
Mohammed, thank you. I am glad I was able to bring this information to you and many others. This site is a continually growing repository on the health benefits of chocolate and I do hope it will help many others discover and embrace the power of raw organic chocolate. It’s magical and powerful!
Hi Mohammed i helped a 77 years old man with 58 units a day to reduce that in 12 months with more than 50% his energy increased and his health we go now for the 50% of the next part . Have a brocure for you if you like to read that . Jean Her chocolate is the best on the Market because it’s not heated above 31 celcius.
Absolutely Esther. Everyone is different but there is so much science behind chocolate that is high in flavanols it’s certainly worth a try. One thing that I have found common in all the studies is the word ‘regular’ eating. That would mean every day 2-3 times a day which isn’t so bad if you love chocolate. Think of it as medicine and be faithful with it. After a period of time your body will tell you how it’s doing. Organic raw chocolate is double the power in antioxidants than commercial chocolate that has been heated and treated.
Thank you Dan. You can find some of the best raw organic dark chocolates here on this site and there are several to choose from. If you desire a raw organic chocolate that you can eat daily then you may be interested in ChocoNat chocolates. If you are searching for a ‘sweet treat’ chocolate then you may want to select from chocolates by Vanessa or by Steve and David. All the chocolates on ‘ghc’ are organic and fair trade. Visithttp://gourmethealthychocolates.com/ghc to select the chocolate of your choice to promote wellness. If you need help and are still not sure please let me know so that I can continue to guide you. Keep in mind that you should eat raw organic chocolates daily to reap the health benefits. Science recommends that we consume 28 grams or one ounce daily 🙂 Not such a bad thing!
Rita thank you for your input! I know that the UK has always carried a higher quality chocolate than here in the USA. The Western diet is the driving force behind the educational moments because sugar is in everything and people think chocolate = candy. It is through these studies and this website that allows ‘ghc’ to help people understand the difference between candy with chocolate in it and pure raw organic chocolate that is a natural medicine. The dietary chocolate available on this site was launched in the UK and is now available in the USA and many other places around the globe.
You are very welcome. One thing that I keep trying to do is help people understand that the right type of chocolate is amazing for the body. What must happen to reap the benefits of raw organic dark chocolate is to consume it regularly. Make it a habit. Eat one ounce every single day. Treat it like you would treat medicine and take it but it’s chocolate and it’s all guilt free 😉 How yummy is that?!
Hi happydear2000. I am going to suggest that you gather links and information that I have shared here and present this to your sons physician to help you decide what to do. This linkhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/…/j.1464-5491.2010…/full and this study from Hull Universityhttp://www2.hull.ac.uk/…/darkchocolategoodfordiabetics… will help his physician have a greater understanding of ‘chocolate’ not candy with chocolate in it. Sadly there are a lot of doctors who do not know about raw chocolate and the power behind it which is why if you can share this information with him/her it will not only help educate but help determine what is best for your son. When you have approval from this doctor then I invite you to shop here for the best selection on the market. This site is educational and a portal to buying the best on the market. I hope this helps!
YUM YUM! I just love all things dark chocolate at TCT. It is the best around and just the thought is making my tummy growl. Darn you Erin and Carlo! And thank you for my end of the year teacher order. XO