Some people still think that the benefits of honey for diabetes are too good to be true. Others are skeptical.
You’re probably wondering as you’re reading this, how can something sweet like honey be good for diabetics?
To understand more about honey and diabetes, it may be good to first understand what diabetes is all about.
Diabetes is a condition where there is a high and persistent level of sugar concentration in the bloodstream. This condition is caused by a problem in the body’s ability to convert carbohydrates (which comes from sweet and starchy foods) into energy.
Evidence has shown that consuming honey may improve blood sugar control and the fructose in honey, in fact, plays a crucial role in this health benefit.
But how does it work?
Bees collect nectar from many sources, and these sources include medicinal plants, for instance, the Red Clover. So, when producing honey, the medicinal properties of such plants are transmitted by the bees into the honey that they produce.
Another example to show the benefits of honey for diabetes is the use of Mad Honey which is obtained from Rhododendron ponticum, a species of plant that is grown on the mountains of the eastern Black Sea area in Turkey. This honey is used in Anatolia, Turkey for diabetic patients. A study has shown that the mad honey intake caused a substantial decrease in blood glucose and lipid levels of these patients.
People with diabetes can take honey with whole grain bread, mix it in their breakfast cereal, fruit or yogurt. Or, it can also be added in other recipes.
Honey contains simple sugar and is converted directly to liver glycogen. It produces an optimum blood glucose and insulin response in the body. Compared to the intake of other sweeteners, especially cane sugar, insulin levels are lower when taking honey.
This shows why honey is a safe substitute for sugar.
Not only that, since diabetics are also exposed to other kinds of complications such as heart disease, honey can play a major role in that it supplies polyphenol antioxidants, a type of antioxidant that can help to reduce the risk of heart disease.
Note: Diabetics should take honey under the supervision of a physician.