Just when you think you can’t make it through the week, and that diabetes management- glucose testing, test strips, and all that- is too much, a piece of dark chocolate is here to make a tasty rescue.
You’re probably wondering why I picked dark chocolate. Truthfully, I was not a huge fan of dark chocolate until I found out it could counteract insulin resistance.
Dark chocolate always gets my nose to turn up. It’s not the sweetest thing in the world, but now that I know it’s a healthy choice, I actually find it to be quite delicious. There is even a brand of chocolate on the market that has removed the usual bitter taste of dark chocolate thus producing an awesome tasting chocolate with huge health benefits.
One major health benefit of dark chocolate for diabetes is due to its richness in antioxidants. Why antioxidants? Cocoa powder is rich in flavonoids which in turn are rich in antioxidants and as such help to counteract insulin resistance. Those fabulous flavonoids help in keeping blood vessels healthy and they improve blood flow.
Another amazing benefit of dark chocolate is that it is a terrific source of epicatechin. This compound is naturally occurring in cocoa powder which is used in commercially made chocolate. Epicatechin is the main reason for the bitter taste of dark chocolate. Researchers at Harvard Medical School believe epicatechin could potentially be a cure for stroke, heart failure, cancer and type 2 diabetes in the western world.
As dark and bitter as it may sound, dark chocolate has lots of health benefits. In honor of dark chocolate’s amazing benefits for diabetes and to celebrate its minimal sugar/carb content, I am going to finish my evening with a piece of dark chocolate.