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HONEY AND DIABETES: IS IT SAFE?

  • May 20, 2019
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It is often said that diabetic people should not eat sweetened foods because it rises blood sugar levels. Coming to the topic, is honey recommended for the people with diabetes or should it be avoided?

A research in 2009 has stated that regular consumption of honey has potential beneficial effects on body weight and lipid levels in patients with diabetes. Honey has anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties, which can benefit people with diabetes. One of the biggest advantages of using honey is its concentrated nature which means that less amount can be used without sacrificing taste. A recent review in 2017 has demonstrated potential benefits of honey in healing and the authors noted that honey reduces blood glucose levels, reduce the risk of complications related to diabetes and metabolic disease, and helps to heal wounds.

In spite of associated health benefits, it is recommended that diabetic patients should consume honey in moderate amount like any other added sugar. According to American Heart Association, men and women should not consume more than three tablespoons and two tablespoons of added sugars, respectively. The count of carbs from honey should be counted and added into daily limits.

Thus, honey can be a healthy substitute for refined sugars but should be used in moderation. However, if you are diabetic, consult your nutritionist before consuming honey.  

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Reference:

1.       Healthline Honey vs Granulated Sugar Which Sweetener’s better for diabetes? Available from https://www.healthline.com/health/diabetes/sweeteners-honey-vs-granulated-sugar#1 Accessed on [5th May, 2019]

Medical news today Can people with type 2 diabetes eat honey? Available from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317662.php Accessed on [5th May, 2019]