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  1. k2
    k2 October 22, 2009 at 6:12 am | | Reply

    I’m with you sister! Real chocolate all the way!!!
    I don’t do the fake stuff sweetstuff (or at least I try not to) anymore.
    I gave them up when I was in my mid twenties because I figured I had so many chemicals running through my vains, that I was already partially embalmed so to speak ;)
    kelly k

  2. Elijah M
    Elijah M October 22, 2009 at 6:46 am | | Reply

    If it’s really good chocolate, you don’t need a lot of it.

  3. Michael Ratrie
    Michael Ratrie October 22, 2009 at 7:19 am | | Reply

    Real DARK chocolate – YES! Give me 2, yes 2 dark hershey’s kisses and I am good to go and just under 6g carbs (plus I read a story that says it is good for my heart!)

    Fair Winds,

  4. mollyjade
    mollyjade October 22, 2009 at 7:47 am | | Reply

    I’ve made pretty much the exact same compromise as you regarding artificial sweeteners. I use stevia in my tea and coffee, but I really love Diet Dr. Pepper. Other than in drinks, which are usually for in between meals, I don’t use artificial sweeteners at all. If I’m going to eat dessert, I’d rather eat a small piece of the real thing.

  5. Rachel
    Rachel October 22, 2009 at 7:48 am | | Reply

    real chocolate tastes better anyways. I savor every tiny morsel. :)

  6. Ladybugxing
    Ladybugxing October 22, 2009 at 10:21 am | | Reply

    My diabetic husband eats the 90% dark chocolate. One square each day keeps him happy and healthy – because it really is good for you.

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  8. yoda
    yoda October 22, 2009 at 11:11 am | | Reply

    I use SweetLeaf Sweetener Stevia! It has 0 calories, 0 carbs, and a 0 glycemic index–I understand the only stevia brand or sweetener on the market with all three properties! What brand of stevia do you use?

    Yeah, in South America they use stevia to treat diabetes!

    I did know that about splenda–that it was originally devloped as an insecticide…crazy huh?!

    I used to prefer milk chocolate, but now I have grown to like dark chocolate, which, of course, as you all know, is a good thing!

  9. Molly
    Molly October 22, 2009 at 1:12 pm | | Reply

    Really enjoyed the info about sugar free
    I get asked about it once in a while so these things are good to know
    Thanks :)

  10. Laura
    Laura October 22, 2009 at 1:23 pm | | Reply

    Oh my, you have not had chocolate until you’ve had this: It’s well worth the price (and it’s certified gluten-free). Mmm. Mmmm. Mmmm!

  11. jessica
    jessica October 22, 2009 at 3:14 pm | | Reply

    I don’t eat artificial sweeteners, and I haven’t eaten regular candy since my LADA diagnosis. Here’s a snarky take on sugarfree and regular Halloween candy:
    Stevia is definitely the way to go.

  12. Hannah
    Hannah October 22, 2009 at 7:44 pm | | Reply

    I made the mistake of eating an entire package of sugar-free red licorice in middle school one day. Uggghhh, never again! (FYI, readers, I’m 27 now.) Let’s just say your gastrointestinal system MUCH prefers the real thing.

    Also, Sweet ‘n’ Low candy has been on the market for YEARS, as far as I know. At least it has been in Pennsylvania. And as far as sugar-free candies go, it’s definitely not one of my faves.

  13. Beth
    Beth October 22, 2009 at 9:34 pm | | Reply

    I love the Lindt chocolate bar, 85% cocoa, extra dark. Each square (1.5″ x 1.5″, 8 squares to a big 3.5 oz bar) is only 2 grams Carb! 1 square a day doesn’t raise my glucose. Unless it’s really warm weather, I prefer to eat it with a hot drink to help it “melt”…so delish! I haven’t found any other chocolate that comes even near to being that low carb. It can be found almost anywhere – the cheapest price is usually at Target or Rite-Aid when on sale.

  14. Pam
    Pam October 23, 2009 at 10:02 am | | Reply

    I second the Lindt 85% chocolate! And I sure hope they don’t find out health probs with stevia — seems like I eat a lot of that…. even before LADA diagnosis….!! :)

  15. George
    George October 24, 2009 at 4:17 am | | Reply

    Its really good for our good health. I learned that it cholesterol-lowering benefits of real chocolate given by our health.
    Thanks for sharing it.

  16. Robert
    Robert October 24, 2009 at 7:40 am | | Reply

    I’m not diabetic. I just wanted to reduce my sugar intake and still enjoy my afternoon treat. The Simply Lite dark chocolate from Trader Joe’s is sooooooooo delicious, ESPECIALLY when paired with Smart Balance Chunky Natural Peanut Butter. I have invited numerous colleagues into my office to partake, and everyone finds the pairing wholly satisfying. No one’s missing the sugar, either. I enjoy sugary treats elsewhere on occasion, but for a daily sugar-free snack, I just don’t think you can beat my 4:00 treat. By the way, VALOR is the name of a sugar-free dark chocolate from France; it’s the BEST sugar-free chocolate I’ve tried thus far, but each bar costs like $7 to $8… and that’s CRAZY talk! ;-)

  17. Joe
    Joe October 24, 2009 at 10:58 am | | Reply

    Hey Chocolate lovers. I’m a type II diabetic and gave up on chocolate because I couldn’t fine the real goods. However, I found a great diabetes coach who turned me onto the best I’ve ever tried with absolutly no bad effects on my sugars. It’s called Xocai and is not only delicious dark chocolate but was developed by a type II diabetic. As I understand it, it is cold processed which allows it to maintain all of it’s antioxidants and has no additives that you find in all the others that I have tried. It gets it’s sweetness from blueberries and acai berries. Any way, if you want info on it you can get in touch with my coach at or her website She has helped me a lot and I have to admit that the chocolate that she turned me onto is the real deal.

  18. June S.
    June S. October 24, 2009 at 6:36 pm | | Reply

    RE: Chocolate
    I really despised DARK chocolate, until two weeks ago. I was walking around the mall (for exercise – it was raining outside) and walked into a Lindt chocolate shop. They were giving out samples (slivers!) of a new chocolate:
    INTENSE ORANGE dark chocolate. Yum! I got hooked, right there and then. Chocolate has always been my favorite snack before intensive exercise. Years ago I attended a sports/exercise camp for Type I’s in Switzerland. I went with the “test group” that was supposed to be testing the efficacy of chocolate bars as a snack to prevent hypoglycemia during intensive exercise. My test group had the best BG’s of all, for the duration of the camp (about 1 week.)

    Oh – and whoever wrote about Diet Dr. Pepper – I’m with you. It is delicious. I only allow myself one can per month, because when I was in college I used to drink 2 per day. For me, it’s addicting, and I do not like to put that much junk in my body on a regular basis!

  19. Suzanne
    Suzanne October 27, 2009 at 11:49 am | | Reply

    I just wanted to point out in this season of sweets that while xylitol seems to be a relatively good thing for humans it can be very very bad (read: deadly) to our pets! Just make sure you keep it out of their reach.
    See more here:

  20. Traci Wennerholm
    Traci Wennerholm October 27, 2009 at 2:11 pm | | Reply

    As a child who had parents that spent my entire childhood trying to convince me that healthy carob was really chocolate, let me just say–there is NO substitute for real chocolate. Not sugar free, not anything. Now you’ve got me craving a Hershey’s!

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  22. Lauren
    Lauren May 24, 2010 at 9:31 am | | Reply

    Just discovered this site while looking up the Fabulous Simply Lite Dark Chocolate from Trader Joes. Btw Aspertame (Equal) was discovered while looking for a Neurotoxin to kill insects. It is known
    to cause Brain tumors and Multiple Sclerosis. Anyone who is drinking
    diet soda is doing a double whammy to the body, with the Aspartame and because soda is extremely Acidic, which predisposes the body to Cancer, Arthritis and most other diseases. You need to drink 32 glasses of good water to offset the effects of one sodas damage to your body. Cancer cannot live in an Alkaline environment so we need to do all we can to keep our bodies Alkaline. Splenda is made by adding Chlorine to sugar. Also Hershey’s chocolate is mostly made of wax, when someone brings Hershey’s to work I am never tempted to eat it because it is not real cholocate. You deserve to have good high quality Chocolate like the Lindt Dark and the Simply Lite. For more details about artificial sweeteners and great health advice check out

  23. marc
    marc May 24, 2010 at 9:51 am | | Reply

    I use steviapura sweetener. The Stevia product (I use liquide and tabs) are off excellent quality and they have 0 calories, 0 carbs, and a 0 glycemic index. They offer FDA, Jecfa and Afssa qualities (US, european Swiss and French food authorities standards!). They do not sell any Stevia mixtures with Inulin or Sucralose! Just pure stuff. For more details about stevia sweeteners and advice check out

  24. Indrojth Dutta
    Indrojth Dutta April 6, 2011 at 11:47 am | | Reply

    I recommend reading ‘Diabetes and You: A Comprehensive, Holistic Approach’. It has just about everything diabetes-related in it. Hope this helps.

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