While it may appear to be too good to be true, dark chocolate may aid in diabetes management. Dark chocolate contains nutrients that have the potential to influence insulin levels, cardiovascular health, and other disease-related complications. So, what makes dark chocolate beneficial for diabetics?
Nutritionists and diabetics are constantly on the lookout for foods that can be enjoyed as a special treat while not negatively impacting diabetes. According to a 2022 South Korean study published in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry dark chocolate could be one of those treats. Here's how dark chocolate can help diabetics.
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1. The most common cause of Type 2 diabetes is insulin resistance. It happens when our bodies stop responding to the insulin we produce. This results in significantly elevated levels of glucose and sugar in the blood. According to research, eating a small amount of dark chocolate every day can help reduce blood sugar levels and the insulin resistance that causes it.
2. Dark chocolate contains magnesium, zinc, iron and potassium as well. Magnesium improves blood sugar control by increasing insulin secretion and improving liver function. Zinc promotes insulin sensitivity, while iron promotes glucose tolerance and prevents anaemia.
3. Dark chocolate contains potassium which is required for normal nerve function, muscle strength, and blood pressure levels.
4. Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants, particularly flavanols and nutrients, which can help you control your blood sugar levels by preventing oxidative stress. The most important benefit in the current context is that it combats free radicals.
5. If you are trying to lose weight, dark chocolate may be beneficial. One of the primary reasons for failure to lose weight is the inability to maintain a constant calorie deficit. We've all been guilty of eating more than we need. A tiny bite of dark chocolate after a meal can help you control your appetite and unhealthy cravings.
When you have a sweet craving, remember one cube and not the whole bar is sufficient for the day. If you have diabetes, you should avoid eating too much of anything.