A lot of people think that diabetics can't drink chocolate milk or can only drink skim or 1% milk. This is not true! Diabetics can enjoy any kind of milk as long as they pay attention to the sugar content and how much they are drinking per day.

In this Diabetic & Me article you will learn about:

  • What type of chocolate milk is best for a diabetic?
  • Why it is important to be careful with sugar in your diet?
  • What possible benefits you can get from drinking chocolate milk regularly?

Can Diabetics Drink Chocolate Milk?

Milk is one of the most nutritious beverages that people enjoy and mostly enjoy in the morning with a bowl of cereal. While milk is popularly regarded as beneficial for everyone, persons with diabetes are often hesitant to consume it.

But milk can be even better when mixed with chocolate to make the perfect flavored milk. People with diabetes need to pay attention to the sugar content of chocolate milk to keep their blood sugar levels under control but drinking a glass or two of it each day can be beneficial for them as well, depending on what type or brand you drink. It's even a great way to get those low blood sugar levels up.

The first thing to know about chocolate milk is that each brand and type is different. Most premixed chocolate milk contains added sugars that can quickly add up. So, before you drink chocolate milk for the first time, it's important to check out what is in your favorite brand of chocolate milk and how much sugar it contains per serving size.

Some brands contain as much as 22 grams of added sugars - almost half a day's worth of sugar! Nowadays there are also many low-fat options for people with diabetes; however, if you opt for low fat make sure it doesn't mean high carbs (sugar).

Diabetics can drink chocolate milk as long as the type of milk they are drinking is low in fat but most of all that the sugar content is kept to a minimum.

Therefore, it's always better to create your own chocolate milk at home using sugar-free cocoa powder or pure chocolate droplets and unsweetened almond milk, soy milk, or skim milk. Not only will you be able to control the amount of sugar going into your body but also ensure that there is no added dairy or extra sugar.

What Is The Glycemic Index of Chocolate Milk?

The glycemic index is a measure of what impact foods have on blood sugar levels. The lower the glycemic index, the less it impacts your blood sugars after you eat or drink it.

Someone with diabetes needs to be careful about their glycemic index (GI) and glycemic load (GL), which is calculated by multiplying grams of carbohydrates per serving times its GI ranking and then dividing that number by 100. This gives a more accurate picture of how any particular food will affect an individual's blood glucose level than simply looking at carbohydrate content alone.

The glycemic index of chocolate milk is not very high, which is ideal for diabetics. The GI of chocolate milk ranges from 35 to 55 depending on the type and brand that you choose.

Thus it can be concluded that drinking one glass of low fat / low sugar chocolate milk will not cause your blood sugar levels to spike up in an unhealthy way; however, make sure you don't drink too much at once as this may affect your diabetes control over time.

In order to ensure safety when drinking any kind of dairy beverage with added sugars, especially chocolate milk, it's to consult with a medical professional.

Is Chocolate Milk Bad for Diabetics?

Not really if you pay attention to what kind of chocolate milk you are drinking. Anyone can drink chocolate milk but diabetics need to pay attention to the sugar content of their chocolate milk, but drinking it every day is beneficial for them as well. It also contains nutritious calcium and the unsweetened versions have fewer grams of carbs.

The sugar content of most premixed chocolate milk is high (almost half a day's worth of sugar), and they often contain more saturated fats, so it's important to make sure you look at what type and brand you are drinking before you take your first sip.

As stated above it's important to drink the right chocolate milk to make sure you don't increase blood glucose levels too quickly and cause problems later down the road as well as weight gain from all those unnecessary sugars and fat.

Is There Chocolate Milk for Diabetics?

Yes, diabetics can drink chocolate milk with the right precautions taken. There are many different brands and types of chocolate milk with varying levels of sugar in them, so it is important to be aware of what you're drinking and how often you're drinking it in order not to spike blood sugar levels.

The brand Splenda offers sugar-free chocolate milk and if you want to create your own chocolate milk you can use chocolate milk mixes from Pyure or Lakanto and mix them with almond milk or skim milk.

What Kind of Milk Can People with Diabetes Drink?

If you are lactose intolerant, have a dairy allergy, or just prefer a good milk alternative there are plenty of alternatives that you can drink. Some of them are:

  • Organic Soymilk
  • Rice milk
  • Almond Milk
  • Flax Milk
  • Low-fat Goat Milk
  • Coconut milk (made from the flesh of a coconut)
  • Oat Milk (made by blending oats with water and straining it through cheesecloth. The leftover pulp is oat flour.)

Conclusion

It's important to pay attention to the type and brand of chocolate milk that you are drinking. There are many different brands with varying levels of sugar in them, so it's important not to overindulge or increase your blood glucose levels too quickly by consuming a lot of sugar at once. There are several brands that offer sugar-less options or you can make your own drink with sugar-free cacao powder and low-fat milk.

About the Author

Ely Fornoville

Hi, I'm Ely Fornoville and I am the founder of Diabetic & Me. Being a type 1 diabetic since 1996 I developed a passion to help people learn more about diabetes. I write about diabetes and share stories from other diabetics around the world. I am currently using a Freestyle Libre CGM and a Minimed 640G insulin pump with Humalog.

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