This post is part of a series where I test my glucose response 1-hour & 2-hours after eating. I standardize the results as much as possible with the following rules:
✅ Measure baseline glucose between 10 AM – 12 PM
✅ No food for 12+ hours before the test
✅ Allowed to drink 1 coffee & ~30 oz. of water
✅ Eat 300 calories of one whole food
✅ Measure blood sugar after 1-hour
✅ Measure blood sugar after 2-hour
In the future I plan to vary the tests by eating meals or combining foods.
Click here to see all glucose tests, and read this article for my results!
This 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).
Below is the macronutrient breakdown for this test:
1 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories300
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 15g 75%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
- Sugars 6g
- Protein 5g 10%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
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.
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