You might have heard from your mother or grandmother that honey is a popular and natural household remedy for curing a cold, cough, and many other ailments. Well, it is true! Honey has been used in traditional medicine since ancient times.
Many people often advocate replacing honey with sugar. But, are you flooded with questions like, is honey good or bad for diabetes? Can diabetic patients eat honey? Or can honey increase diabetes? Let’s find out!Contents:
Honey is a natural, sweet liquid made by bees from the nectar of flowers. USDA states that one tablespoon (21 g) of honey provides 64 calories, 17 g of carbohydrates, 0.06 g of proteins, and 0% fat. Honey also has a lower glycemic index (GI) score of 58 compared to refined sugars that have a GI score of 60.
Other components of honey are proteins, amino acids, enzymes, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals. Honey contains three enzymes (invertase, diastase, and glucose oxidase) that help in digestion. It breaks carbohydrates into simple sugars.
Honey has nutrients like calcium, copper, iron, fluoride, magnesium, manganese, sodium, selenium, zinc, sulfur, etc. Nutrients like choline, which is essential for brain and cardiovascular functions, and acetylcholine a neurotransmitter, are also present in honey.
There have been several studies conducted to investigate the impact of honey on blood glucose in sugar patients.
When honey is dissolved in water, it produces hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), which stimulates beta-cells to secrete insulin and causes the hypoglycaemic effect in diabetics.
NOTE: However, there is a need for more studies to find the potential effects of honey on diabetics.
Honey is a healthier alternative to refined sugars. Raw honey (sugar-free honey) is a better and nutritious option than processed honey for diabetics. Diabetics should keep a check on their blood sugar, considering the sugar content of honey.
Some diabetic-friendly recipes are:
Honey or honey-based preparations can be consumed twice or thrice a day. However, limit the total daily consumption to 10-12 g.
Overconsumption of honey may increase blood sugar levels, especially in diabetics.
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