Product Type: Boots Chocolate
Newest Review: ... Sadly I have not seen these on the web site, but I can get them from my local Boots, but not all branches stock them. ~~ Overall~~ ... more
Naughty But Very Nice
Boots Diabetic Chocolates
Member Name: arnoldhenryrufus
Boots Diabetic Chocolates
Advantages: Low in sugar and fat
Disadvantages: Too many will make you poorly
A couple of years ago now I was diagnosed with Diabetes, I have to say it has been strange trying to adjust and get used to new things. For example: I have tried various diabetic ranges which my daughters have kindly treated me too, some of which are disgusting and leave an aftertaste, others which are absolutely lovely.
This brings me to the latest pressie off my youngest daughter from the Boots diabetic range, Belgian Milk Chocolate Wafers.
~~ The Product ~~
My daughter bought me two packets of biscuits for me to take to work as I had a few long shifts coming up, so there would keep me going if I became peckish. I looked at the packets which are in the brown packet with blue writing which Boots use for their diabetic range. I really fancied trying these first as I was drawn to the picture on the front showing a stack of small chocolate fingers.
As you open the packet the lovely smell of chocolate wafts up and I have to say it really does smell good. Each wafer is about 3 in long and approx 3mm thick (no I did not measure it, just estimated it). They are made up of crispy layers of wafer covered in smooth creamy Belgian Milk Chocolate, it is soft yet crispy as you bite into it, so it would be ok if you had no teeth or for a small child. The wafer and the chocolate combined just quite simply melt on your tongue, you can really taste the sweetness of the chocolate, but it's not too sweet that it becomes sickly. I feel that they have the balance just right; there is also no bitter aftertaste which you can get with some sweetened ranges.
~~ Diabetes ~~
The amount of people that have diabetes has grown to over 2 million recorded cases over the past couple of years. It is a condition where there is too much sugar (glucose) in the blood, which causes many problems for the body. Your pancreas creates insulin to help the sugar get around the body and this helps it to work properly, when you are diabetic, the pancreas does not produce enough insulin to cope with the amount of sugar in the blood, so medical help has to intervene to help it work. This is the main reason why diabetics need to reduce their sugar intake, as well has keep to a health diet.
When you have to watch what you eat, for whatever reason, diet, allergies, diabetes etc, you learn to look at the labels for the nutritional information. So here is a little bit relevance to certain areas.
0.2 g of sugars in each bar
35 kcals per bar
2.5g of fat per bar
They do contain gluten, wheat, egg, soya milk and milk solids, for those with allergies to be aware of.
They are suitable for vegetarians.
There is a warning with this product; why would a lovely tasting product like this carry a health warning, but it does. It actually recommends that you don't eat more than 20g of 'polyals in a day. Each bar contains 2.5g, which means that you can only eat a maximum of 8 of the day. What are 'polyals' I hear you ask? Well they are simply sugar-free sweetners, which are carbohydrates and not sugars. These are good for diabetics because they require little or no insulin to be absorbed. Too many of these can act as a laxative, which is not good when you are stuck at work like me.
~~ Price and Availability ~~
Well the price for these lovely treats is £1.99 for a packet; there are quite a few fingers in the packet for that price. Sadly I have not seen these on the web site, but I can get them from my local Boots, but not all branches stock them.
Finally do I recommend these as a treat, yes, yes and yes they are lovely and Moorish, I could have easily munched my way through the whole packet and may have done if I had been lazing at home in front of the TV with a cup of tea, but as I am at work, I did manage to contain myself.
Boots diabetic food range has been developed with no added sugars, in this range you will find treats such as cakes, biscuits, chocolate bars, gift chocolates and sweets, but please remember everything in moderation.
Footnote: I looked at this catagory and did not think this fitted in it, but Dooyoo think otherwise so here it is - Lyn x
Summary: A little low fat and low sugar naughtiness