Can Diabetic Diet Include Honey?
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Curejoy Expert Claude C Butler Explains:
Honey has a lower Glycemic index than regular white (table or refined) sugar which requires lower levels of insulin and does not raise blood sugar levels as rapidly as table sugar. Though honey contains a significant amount of sugar (glucose and fructose), the perfect one-to-one ratio between them facilitates easy glucose intake to the liver, hence preventing an overload of glucose entering the blood stream.
Research has shown that human consumption of raw honey will result in lower blood sugar levels by as much as 60 to 100 mg/dl, at 60 and 90 minutes following consumption, compared to a similar amount of sucrose. Due to this, there should be no big surprise that HbA1c levels will be lowered by as much as 2-4%.
Raw unfiltered honey is low in calories and also contains a host of vitamins such as B1, B6, B12, C, E and Biotin. So weight conscious diabetics get the desired nutrients and helps improve blood lipid profile (fats content in blood).
One tablespoon of honey has 64 calories and contains 8.1 grams of fructose. Consume 1-2 tablespoons in the morning and 1-2 right before bedtime, while having 1-2 tablespoons during the day with a snack or before and after a workout.
It must be stressed that a diabetic ONLY uses pure, raw, unadulterated honey and should probably tell their physician that they are consuming it. Just be sure that you are NOT using any of that supermarket stuff that is often combined with fillers such as corn syrup that will do more harm than good.
Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.