Is Honey Good for Diabetes
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Hello, I’m Ty Mason from TheDiabetesCouncil.com, researcher, writer and I have type 2 diabetes. Today I’m going to answer the question, Is honey good for diabetes. But before we get into that, make sure you download my free diabetes management book which also includes a diabetes grocery shopping guide (foods to eat and avoid).
I have a 2 year old grandson. He is a joy and one of my favorite activities with him is to introduce him to some of the characters of even my childhood. Winnie the Pooh is one of his favorites. Pooh and his constant quest for honey with his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood amazes us still.
Honey is 80% sugar and 20% water. Honey, if stored in air tight containers will never spoil. In fact there were sealed honey vats found in the tomb of King Tut that contained edible honey, despite over 2,000 years beneath the desert sands.
Honey is the only food we know of that includes every substance necessary to sustain life. Honey is filled with things like enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water. It’s also the only known food that contains pinocembrin, an antioxidant associated with helping our brain functions.
Sounds like a great food doesn’t it? Well, for the person with diabetes we really need to focus on that first fact, 80% sugars. Some people think that since honey has all the good stuff in it and it is sweet, we can substitute it for sugar and be fine.
And they may be right. A recent study looked at eating the same amount of honey and the same amount of table sugar in people with Type 2 diabetes. Those that ate honey did have a bigger spike 30 minutes after the meal. But then their blood sugar leveled out and remained lower than the table sugar eaters over the next 2 hours.
Another study, however, showed an increase in A1C over an 8 week honey replacement program.
But, in a very recent study (2014) conducted at the Department of Pharmacology, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, researchers looked at various other studies and conducted their own in laboratory rats to determine the effects of honey combined with metformin as part of the treatment plan for type 2. The results were rather encouraging. They concluded “These research findings reinforce the therapeutic prospects of using honey….as an adjunct to standard anti-diabetic drugs in the management of diabetes mellitus.”
This study says the antioxidants and other nutrients in honey are extremely beneficial and may also help in the treatment of heart and other diseases that affect those with diabetes.
So, is honey good for diabetes? Surprisingly yes. Even the Malaysian researchers were surprised when they stated, “This is a bit startling as honey is sweet and rich in sugars…” Now, don’t go out and eat a jar of honey. But it appears you can substitute it for sugar or add it to your oatmeal and actually help control your diabetes. Again, portions are the key.
I hope this answered your question is honey good or bad for diabetes. Don’t forget to get your diabetes management book.
Let me know if you have any other diabetes related questions.