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May 4, 2001

Hypoglycemia

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Question from Petersburg, Indiana, USA:

I read somewhere that chocolate wasn’t good in treating hypoglycemia, but I can’t find the information now. What was the reasoning?

Answer:

Chocolate is not an ideal treatment for hypoglycemia because the fat and protein content of the chocolate slow down the glucose absorption. Glucose tabs, glucose gels or fruit juices are a better choice to raise blood sugar quickly. Do not eat any fat or protein until after you have confirmed that your blood sugar is in normal range after treating a low.

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