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THE Decadent Diabetic on Chocolate

Please read below for a special guest blog by Ward Alper, THE Decadent Diabetic. Ward Alper is a type 2 Diabetic and chef who lives and eats Decadently in Portland, Maine. Since his diagnosis four years ago he has refocused his recipes and eating to support his Diabetes diet and has maintained a consistent A1C of 5.2-5.3. He also has a website:  where he shares stories and recipes with his fellow Diabetes. His articles appear regularly in Diabetes Daily and in medical newsletters across the United States. He is working with a major publisher in New York toward publishing a cookbook so he can share with more Diabetics how you can take back your life, your table and still eat a diabetic diet and be DECADENT!

After you have been diagnosed with Diabetes and you have read the literature and met with the Diabetes educator, you might feel that the food world as you knew it is gone and lost forever. You doctor might even laugh at you when you ask if you can still have some treats. Well I am here to tell you that you can. What you need to do is look at recipes and figure out if you can modify it to drastically lower the number of grams of carbohydrates. This is not as difficult as you might think. Just replacing the sugar in a recipe with an artificial sweetener and replacing ¼ cup of flour with ¼ cup of ground nuts will help you to make many recipes a decadent and Diabetic possibility.

Well as it happens cocoa is actually not very high in carbohydrates. And believe it or not even has some fiber. It is the white sugars and milk solids that pump up the carbs.

Allow me to share a chocolate product that I fit into my diet from time to time, PERUGINA BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE. It is made in Italy by NESTLE. So incredibly rich that 2-3 squares (each square is 2.7 net grams of carbohydrates) will satisfy your craving, not habit, for chocolate. Ghirardelli also makes a dark  (70% cocoa)chocolate with comparatively few grams of carbohydrates  Both the bars and HERSHEY’S Special Dark Cocoa powder are  permanent guests in my pantry.

Let me mention some perfect pairings: Chocolate and Orange, Chocolate and Strawberries, Orange and Strawberries. I very often “soak” my fresh strawberries in a tablespoon of TROP 50. It just makes the flavor fresher.


Enjoy, be healthy, be DECADENT!



By: DiabeticCare editorial team; Published: 4-25-2013, 2:00 PM

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