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Easter is a time for family, friends and, of course, chocolate… 

If any of your readers, or someone they know, has diabetes, they might be wondering if they can eat chocolate and other sweet treats at this time of the year.

Well, it's a myth that you should eat diabetic chocolate. In fact, Diabetes UK's experts recommend only eating small amounts of ordinary chocolate and avoiding diabetic chocolate completely. This is because diabetic chocolate offers no special health benefits and can be more expensive.

But with health being the name of the game, if you do have diabetes, try to only eat chocolate as a special treat and don't eat lots in one go as it affects blood sugar levels. Some of us might also like an alternative Easter present. What about flowers or a book instead?

If you're looking for new recipes for healthier meals, snacks and treats then visit our Enjoy Food recipe finder - www.diabetes.org.uk.

If you would like further information or advice about managing your diabetes call 028 9066 6646 or else our Helpline on 0345 123 2399.

Sara Carse

Diabetes UK Northern Ireland national care advisor

 

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