Friday 09 September 2022
Type 2 diabetes results from decreased production of insulin, a hormone whose main role is to control blood sugar levels.
Research suggests a surprising food can help control these levels within “minutes,” which is chocolate, according to Russia Today.
Creamy and sweet chocolate is a favorite snack for many. While most are usually full of sugar, there is an exception to every rule.
According to research published in Nutrition and Metabolic Insights, a certain type of chocolate may be effective in controlling high blood sugar levels.
The research shows that high blood sugar levels after eating is associated with complications in patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Accordingly, the study aimed to examine how sugar-free dark chocolate affects postprandial blood sugar levels.
Compared to regular dark chocolate, the type used in the study was sweetened with stevia, erythritol and inulin.
The researchers recruited 13 participants who ate 34 grams of sugar-free dark chocolate or 34 grams of conventional dark chocolate.
The research team then measured blood glucose levels 120 minutes after eating.
The study found that sugar-free chocolate lowered blood glucose in the same time as compared to traditional dark chocolate.
While this study looks promising, the researchers added that the long-term effects on glucose regulation “have yet to be determined.”
Another reason dark chocolate is beneficial for diabetics is its high magnesium content.
Also read: Calories in dark chocolate.. How many pieces are allowed in the diet?
The National Institutes of Health explains that high blood sugar and diabetes have been linked to micronutrient deficiencies, including magnesium deficiency.
In addition, the health website notes that magnesium also lowers blood sugar and reduces the risk of diabetes.
A study published in the Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives suggested that dark chocolate may help ward off type 2 diabetes.
The results say: “Overall, the evidence from these studies suggests that cocoa may be beneficial in slowing the progression of type 2 diabetes and improving insulin resistance in metabolic syndrome. There are plausible mechanisms for the antioxidant effects of cocoa polyphenols.” to directly influence insulin resistance, thus reducing the risk of diabetes.
What are the symptoms of type 2 diabetes?
The main symptoms of type 2 diabetes are:
Peeing more than usual (especially at night)
Being thirsty all the time
Feeling very tired
Unintentional Weight Loss
Slow wound healing