Sugar free chocolates are difficult to find in Philippine supermarkets and stores. I usually bought a few bars of Lotte's Zero chocolate whenever I went to Japan (I couldn't find this anywhere else.) But Zero doesn't taste like anything special and it always seemed it lacked something (sugar?). And so I continued to look for good "sugar-free" chocolates, partly so that I could get some for my mother who likes chocolates but now has diabetes (but not because of chocolates).
The Clairvoyant and I found sugar-free chocolates in Singapore, at the Cocoa Tree shops at Changi. I forgot the brand but these were better than the Zero chocolates I bought in Japan. Singapore has a good health care system and I would like to think that the government's advocacy against diabetes probably meant they made it possible for diabetic-friendly chocolates in their markets.
More recently, we found good "sugar free" dark chocolate at a local store. Amber Lyn's sugar free dark chocolate came as a surprise as most "sugar free" chocolates in the market have aspartame or some other artificial sweetener in place of sugar. Instead, it uses maltitol, a sugar alcohol that has lesser effect in blood glucose, which is significant for those who have diabetes. Excessive consumption of food with maltitol, however, may have laxative effects.
|Sugar free dark chocolate is quite a hard find in Manila. We found this bar at a Healthy Options.|