Are you ta person that eats chocolate when celebrating something? Or do you keep this comforting superfood for days when you need something to light up your mood? Either way, if you’re a chocoholic, it’s time to celebrate World Chocolate Day. eating proper amounts of dark chocolate may help improve blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity.
Recent dietary recommendations from masters in nutrition and diabetes actually suggest indulging in this delicious snack due to its potential health advantages. But before you start adding chocolate to your meals, here’s what you need to know.
Dark chocolate contains polyphenols — naturally occurring compounds that have antioxidant properties, which protect the body from damage by harmful molecules. Dark chocolate contains polyphenols that may enhance insulin sensitivity, or how effectively insulin functions in the body. This may support blood sugar management.
How to pick the right dark chocolate for you and avail its benefits
* Pick the polyphenol-rich dark chocolate as not all chocolate is created equal. The polyphenol-rich dark chocolate contains antioxidants, and the higher percentage of cocoa that yields health advantages
* Read the nutrition values to make sure you’re getting the most from the chocolate
* Choose dark chocolate that has at least as much fiber as sugar
*Find out if the dark chocolate has been processed with alkali (this process makes cocoa less bitter but eliminates the chocolate’s health properties).
* Go for a non-processed one
* Eat it in moderation. Avoid eating too much, it might fluctuate your blood sugar levels
If you have diabetes, it’s best to avoid food that’s loaded with more sugar, but, with smart glucose monitoring, treating yourself occasionally to a bite or two of dark chocolate as part of a balanced diet could help some health benefits.