Low-carb chocolates are available in many forms.
Low-carb chocolate is a type of confectionery designed for diabetics and others whose diets involve a reduced level of carbohydrate intake. Several companies make low-carb chocolates, so there is a variety of products available. Some low-carb chocolates use sugar alcohols as sweeteners, which can cause an undesirable laxative effect if consumed in excess. However, not everyone reacts to sugar alcohols in the same way, and there are also other products that use a variety of different sweeteners. It is also possible to make low-carb chocolate products at home with unsweetened chocolate or cocoa powder, which are naturally low in carbohydrates.
Most of a diabetic’s diet should consist of unprocessed foods, although the occasional low-carb treat is acceptable for most people.
Chocolate is a product derived from the beans of the South American cacao tree. These trees have been cultivated for thousands of years, and the cocoa bean has had many uses throughout history. Modern uses of cocoa often involve adding different combinations of milk, sugar and fats to create various chocolate bars and other confectionery. Since most chocolate recipes call for sugar as a sweetener, they tend to be relatively high in carbs. This makes chocolates unsuitable for diabetic and low-carb diets, although several low-carb alternatives exist.
There are several sweeteners that affect blood glucose levels less than sugar alcohol.
The main difference between regular chocolates and low-carb chocolates is the sugar content, although some recipes change other ingredients as well. One of the most common sweeteners used in low-carb chocolate is various sugar alcohols, especially maltitol. These sweeteners are not as readily absorbed into the digestive system as sugar, so they tend not to affect blood glucose as much. Sugar alcohol often has a laxative effect, and this reaction is worse in some people than others. There are several other sweeteners that can also be used in low-carb chocolates, some of which are non-nutritious and affect blood glucose levels even less than sugar alcohol.
These confectioneries are available in many different forms, including traditional candy bars, fancy boxed chocolates, bonbons, and just about every other type of candy that contains chocolate. Low-carb dark, sweet, and semi-sweet chocolates are also commonly available, and sugar-free baking chocolate is naturally very low in carbohydrates. Sugar-free baking chocolate has a slightly bitter taste, but can be consumed alone, just like other low-carb chocolates. It is also possible to make a variety of low-carb chocolate products at home using unsweetened baking chocolate and cocoa, as these products contain no sugar and sweeteners can be added to taste.