Sweet Treat That’s GOOD for Diabetes
The holidays are upon us.
And if you’re diabetic, chances are you’re feeling a little down about this time of year.
Countless sweets and goodies that will just send your blood sugar level SOARING.
You have to police yourself this time of year more than ever. And it can be disheartening, watching those around you enjoy delicious treats, while having to keep an eye on every bite you take.
But there is one sweet treat that is actually GOOD for your diabetes.
Chocolate. It’s in everything from candy to cookies around the holidays.
But recent research shows that you don’t have to put this sugary treat on the naughty list when it comes to diabetes.
Researchers at Brigham Young University have found that chocolate can help regulate your blood sugar.
Diabetes can occur when your body doesn’t produce enough insulin to respond to the sugar in your blood. If you don’t have enough insulin, you’re on the fast track to having high blood sugar.
In an animal study, they found a compound called, epicatechin monomers, found in cocoa — chocolate, that helps your body release insulin.
During the study, they fed the animals a diet rich in this cocoa compound.
At the end of the study, they observed the animal’s cells and found that the compound HELPED these cells secrete more insulin and in a shorter amount of time.
All this boils down to chocolate being an effective and FAST blood sugar stabilizer.
Now, this doesn’t mean you should chow down on every candy bar in sight.
Many processed chocolates are loaded in additional sugars. So experts recommend that you find chocolate in a raw form, like cocoa powder.
High percentages of dark chocolate are another great way to get these diabetes-kicking benefits while still enjoying a chocolatey treat.