Can I eat chocolate candy? I have type 2 diabetes.

Amy Campbell


Yes, you can, but you’ll need to know how to fit it into your eating plan. Chocolate is high in calories, fat and, usually, sugar (which is a type of carbohydrate). As an example, a 1-ounce square of milk chocolate contains 152 calories, 17 grams of carbohydrate and 8 grams of fat. A 1-ounce square of dark chocolate contains 170 calories, 13 grams of carb and 12 grams of fat. If you can limit your portion to a 1-ounce serving, in terms of carbohydrate, that’s like eating a piece of fruit or a slice of bread, along with a couple of teaspoons of fat. On the other hand, a candy bar, such as a Snickers bar, is closer to 300 calories, 35 grams of carb and 14 grams of fat. My advice is to save chocolate candy as an occasional treat, and, as difficult as it can be, limit your portion.

January 19, 2013 at 7:37 pm