Is Honey Allowed on the Diabetic Diet?
by Ruth Tan
Symptoms of diabetes include frequent urination, extreme thirst or hunger, weight
loss, fatigue, numbness, and infections. There are 2 types of diabetes. In type 1
diabetes, the body doesn't produce any insulin, whereas, people with type 2 diabetes
either don't produce enough insulin or their cells resist the insulin, and they tend to be
overweight, because the high insulin levels, unable to channel glucose into muscle
cells, convert glucose into fat and cholesterol instead. This results not only in obesity,
but also very often heart disease, poor blood circulation in the legs and eye diseases.
While type 1 diabetes is treated with insulin injections, which help glucose get into the
body cells and maintain blood glucose control, type 2 diabetics commonly use
glucose-lowering drugs. Most diabetics are type 2 and are usually in their 40s.

With appropriate control, many diabetics and pre-diabetes (people with blood glucose
levels higher than normal person but not high enough to be considered diabetic) are
still able to safely enjoy natural honey. Before incorporating honey into their meal
planning, find out how much of the sweet liquid can be consumed on a daily basis.
Each diabetic is different and should learn how his or her body reacts to different
foods containing carbohydrates. Bear in mind that the total amount of starches or
carbohydrates in a food is the key consideration, not the amount of sugar. Honey is
a carb food as well, just like rice, potatoes, thus just keep in mind that 1 tablespoon
of honey has approximately 17 grams of carbohydrate, and taking that into account
when counting your total daily intake of carbohydrates, diabetics can work it out just
like any other sweetener or carbohydrates. To monitor response to honey, blood
sugar levels could be noted before consumption and again two hours later. Also,
when purchasing commercial honey for diabetic patients, be sure that it is pure and
not adulterated by glucose, starch, cane sugar, and even malt, which is to better to
be avoided in a diabetic diet.

You get (99 per cent of the time) a "no-no" answer when you ask doctors if honey
is allowed for diabetics. This is not surprising as the idea of eating honey to regulate
blood glucose seems rather counter intuitive. But did they ever tell you that clinical
studies have shown that pure honey is a healthier choice in diabetic diet than table
sugar and any other non-nutritive sweeteners such as Splenda, saccharin,
aspartame? Honey requires lower levels of insulin compared to regular white sugar
and does not raise blood sugar levels as rapidly as table sugar, that is, it has a lower
Glycemic Index than sugar. Though honey contains a significant amount of sugar, it
consists largely of two simple individual units of sugar - glucose and fructose, which
are absorbed at different rates into the body. In fact, Dr Ron Fessenden reveals in his
book, The Honey Revolution that "the more glucose intolerant one is, the lower the
blood sugar response after honey ingestion versus the higher the blood sugar
response after consuming sucrose or glucose". The book further explains why honey
is able to perform this remarkable regulatory role. The perfect one-to-one ratio of
fructose and glucose found in honey facilitates glucose intake to the liver, hence
preventing an overload of glucose entering the blood circulation. And nature's honey
is the only sugar that posseses this special ability.

Next, the use of monosaccharide fructose is often recommended to sweeten the diet
of diabetics due to its significantly lower GI. The trouble is, fructose is absorbed
differently than other sugars. It is not utilized for energy like glucose, but stored in
the liver as triglycerides. This presents a great metabolism burden on the liver and
can eventually lead to major health issues related to obesity and further health
damages for diabetics. Sadly, in their quest to avoid sugar in foods, many diabetics
miss the point when they start to plan their diet around "fructose fruit sugar",
"diabetic birthday cake", "NutraSweet ice-cream", "sugar-free candies", etc, which all
contain corn syrup or artificial sweetners that can be potentially even more harmful
than regular sugar when consumed in the long term.

About The Author

R. Tan is the owner of the website which is a rich
honey resource community specially built for all the honey lovers and fans in this
world. She has packed this website with a wide range of quality contents on honey
based on her knowledge and experience with honey, so as to promote its invaluable
benefits which she believes could bring many positive spin-offs in everyone's daily life.
The diabetic diet is strictly controlled
in terms of sugar and mineral
compounds intake. Hence it's not
surprising that "whether honey is
allowed for diabetic patients" is a
frequently asked question for Benefits
of Honey.

Diabetes is a deficiency of the
pancreas, whereby insulin is not
produced sufficiently or utilised
properly. It's basically a disorder of
metabolism, primarily that of
carbohydrates. The ingested sugars
and starches cannot be deployed,
and hence are eliminated in the urine.
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