Blood Glucose Response Test – 85% Chocolate

green-blacks-dark-chocolateThis was the easiest week to perform this test. Let’s be honest, it was an excuse to eat chocolate, and I’ll take that 100% of the time.

Once again, I worked out for 30 minutes in the morning. And I’m probably going to make that part of my normal instead of abstaining.

As I develop the daily habit of doing physical activity, it’s important to pounce when I have the motivation. Since I began waking up super early (5-6AM), this routine drives my most productive days.

New tests bring up more questions. Like how exactly does exercise, both low and high intensity, affect blood sugar and insulin? And for how long?

This is what learning is all about, and eventually I may setup a personal experiment (at least measuring glucose).

So what did I find out about my favorite low-carb treat?

The 1-hour response wasn’t that high. Compared to every other glucose test that I’ve done, the chocolate falls in the middle of the carbohydrate range. Previously, the grams of total carbs was either between 0-2 or 53-54.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 45 grams
Servings Per Container 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories 300 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 37%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol mg 0%
Sodium mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 6g
Protein 5g 10%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
300 calories of 85% Dark Chocolate contained 16 grams of total carbs, 6 grams of fiber and 6 grams of sugar.

However, the 2-hour response was almost the same as the 1-hour.

My rationalization is that the fat dampens any dramatic blood sugar spike, but because it’s 10 grams of net carbs (with sugar) and 5 grams of protein, the “glucose disposal” rate isn’t as fast as something that is a simple carbohydrate.

Here are the results:

  • Date: 10/20/2016
  • Food: 85% Chocolate
  • Fast: ~13 hours
  • Base Blood Sugar: 91 mg/dL
  • 1-Hour Response: 104 mg/dL
  • 2 Hour Response: 103 mg/dL