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Old 04-06-2020, 22:24   #11
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That's very cool. I've got O negative blood. I hope there's some truth in that.


Also, I have a few food allergies, and my allergy doctor told me years ago that there was something in my makeup that made me more immune to viruses (but not cold bugs). I wish I could remember that exact wording.

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Was my question about covid and whether I should still have dark chocolate removed? I can't find it anywhere? I wanted to know whether it's better to have a treat and be less depressed and deprived, or is it better to have a body with lower blood sugar?

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Was my question about covid and whether I should still have dark chocolate removed? I can't find it anywhere?
PhoenixFire, I did the looking around that us Moderators can do and I could only find a post from you discussing eating dark chocolate from back last August -- obviously not applicable to your question.

I can assure you that us Moderators do not remove posts unless they violate the rules of the forum (spam, hate, etc.). Your question obviously does not cause a problem in those regards. Perhaps an Admin (who has more tools at their disposal) can look at past deleted posts and see if one of yours is there, but I'm guessing the answer to that is that it isn't there.

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I wanted to know whether it's better to have a treat and be less depressed and deprived, or is it better to have a body with lower blood sugar?
That's a tough question to answer for anyone but you. But there's really no reason the answer can't be "both". Even if you're following a keto eating plan, your body uses 15-25 grams of carbohydrates a day.

The dark chocolate I have in the house (Aldi's 85% dark) has six net grams of carbohydrates per bar. If I eat half a bar, that's three net grams of carbs; easy to fit into a "budget" of 15-25 grams a day. I find that half bar pretty satisfying, personally. Even if it was the kind of day that made eating an entire bar important, though, I could skip some carbs at the next meal and still stay within my eating plan's guidelines. Different brands of dark chocolate have different amounts of carbs, so you want to check the nutritional information on the label. But the answer to your question could be "both".

If the dark chocolate you have contains more net grams of carbohydrates than that, then either you skimp a little more on carbs at other meals (or snacks) or it remains a real treat, not something you eat every day. All of us have had days when, despite our intentions, we ate more than we planned (or hoped to). If it's been a really bad day and more than half a bar of dark chocolate is your fix, well, you have to make this do-able. Have the chocolate and do better tomorrow.

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One or two squares of dark chocolate (70% or 80% cocoa) is usually handled well, or adequately. If you eat the whole thing at once, or the bar is loaded with sugar, then, that's another story.

You can be somewhat sure about your chocolate if test it. Eat it apart from your meals (ie. 2 hrs or more after a meal) and test - before and 1hr later. You will learn how much of a spike in BG happens with your portion of your chocolate. And you can plan accordingly.

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Was this the question from Sugar makes the body absorb water better??
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I recently read that a bit of sugar allows the body to absorb water better. This might be important if I need to drink a lot of liquids to fight the covid-19 virus. But, should I avoid sugar because of my type 2 diabetes?
Doesn't mention chocolate, but does mention covid and blood sugar.

Although about 5% of the cells of our body does require glucose, it does not require carbs to provide it. Our bodies can make and store glycogen from amino acids derived from excess protein or worst case it will do it from breaking down muscle.

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Thanks for all the replies, everyone. I'm not on a keto diet but I've cut out a lot of carbs compared to what I used to eat in 2018. Still, I have trouble stopping at just two squares. Usually, I'll have 85% dark chocolate, but I've taken a liking to Lindt's new 78% dark chocolate which is higher in carbs. It will probably have to go... *sigh*

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