It was my birthday a few days ago, and a very kind co-worker hunted down a diabetes-friendly bakery in Seoul!
She got me a chocolate tart and also a “brownie sand,” which is basically a pair of brownies with some kind of cream in the middle.
The chocolate tart was kind of like a piece of chocolate cheesecake, and it was very 맛있다 (delicious).
So what did this chocolate tart do to my blood sugar? Basically nothing!
Blood sugar reading before eating: 99
This was on a Sunday evening, several hours after the last time I’d eaten anything.
Blood sugar reading after eating: 108
This reading was about an hour after eating the chocolate tart.
So … 99 → 108. That ain’t shit!!
And just to be sure, I did an extra glucose check after another 30 minutes. That one came in at 103, so my blood sugar was on the way back down.
I will update this later on with the brownie sand results. See below!
The bakery these treats came from is called Zero Bakery. They are located pretty close to Jamsil subway station (map).
The brownie sand(wich) was small (less than 50g) but it was good and very chocolaty.
Blood sugar reading before eating: 86
This was at about 1 a.m., several hours after the last time I’d eaten anything. It was the same day I ate the chocolate tart above.
Blood sugar reading after eating: 96
This reading was about an hour after eating the brownie sand.
So once again, the blood sugar increase was practically nothing. It’s reasonable to expect that such a small snack wouldn’t do much, but had this been from a “regular” bakery, I’m sure the increase would have been more than 10 mg/dL.
Even pre-diabetes me wasn’t in the habit of eating a lot of sweets and baked goods, but I might have to visit Zero Bakery from time to time. That chocolate tart is worth it!
Hi ive had diabetes 4 a while but didnt understand the severity. And i still dont understand these numbers. Whats my number supposed to be. And all that stuff. Im 35yrs old and now im experiencing neuropathy. So i know its time to stop. But i have a serious food addiction. So my question is, if i ate a cake that barely jumps my sugar, can i actually eat a lot of it at once or at least every day? Btw have u ever gried build or( built) bars they dont increase ur sugar and thereyr great. By the way im new here . I found u , by looking up nature valley bars are they ok 4 diabetes. Glad u spoke on it. I jope to read a lot more.btw im in nyc… usa.America
Hello Raji, thanks for commenting! If you know that you have a food addiction as well as neuropathy, I think you should ask your doctor what resources he/she can suggest. By “resources” I mean support groups, counseling, assistance from a nutritionist or dietician, that kind of thing. I don’t know much about your situation, but based on your comment, it sounds like you could use some guidance from qualified people. And I don’t mean that in a shaming way. Everybody needs help with various things at different times.
Regarding the cake, the thing I try to preach (haha I hate that word) is MODERATION. This is why I say you can eat Halloween candy, but in moderation. And Christmas cookies, but in moderation. Even those chocolate Pocky/Pepero sticks can be ok … in moderation!
I don’t know what kind of cake you’re eating, but I would suggest you do a lot of testing. Test one hour after you finish. Test again 30 minutes later. Test again after another 30 minutes. Try to really understand what the cake is doing to your glucose. The results you get today might be different from what you get tomorrow, even if the size of the cake remains the same. Anyway, it’s cake, so I’m going to advise against eating a lot of it. At the very least, discuss it with a medical professional.
Good luck to you!