Can diabetics eat raw honey?

by xianying zeng
(Ann Arbor MI USA)

I read some information that diabetics can eat honey? Is this true?


Angela's Response:

First of all, I am not a doctor and this should not be taken as medical advice. Raw honey is still a sugar, albeit a different sugar than the refined sugar you find in so many processed foods out there today. While it is much healthier than refined sugar, I would caution you to still be careful in eating raw honey as you will be prone to blood sugar fluctuations. Raw honey will enter the blood stream slower than most sugars (it is lower on the glycemic index) so you likely won't experience as rapid a blood sugar change as if you had consumed plain sugar. I would suggest if consuming raw honey, eat it with some fiber, healthy fats and protein. This will lower the rate at which it is absorbed into the blood stream and in turn be better for your blood sugar.

So yes, diabetics can consume raw honey provided they continue to monitor their blood sugar very carefully and don't eat it on it's own. Try to consume it as part of a balanced meal with some fiber, healthy fats and protein.

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Honey and reduced blood sugar readings

by Brigadoon
(USA)

I just read the comments on your web site - about someone eating a tablespoon of honey and getting reduced sugar readings - I am very confused since honey has such a high content of sugar - how can it possibly reduce blood sugar readings? (do you have any studies on ths?)

thanks

Yes Brigadoon, there is a study on this topic. You can read here:

http://www.bee-pollen-buzz.com/honey-prevents-diabetes.html

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Raw honey reduced my blood sugar!

by Bob
(Freehold NJ)

Angela,
I took my blood sugar (124) after my commute home at about 4 pm. I ate a tablepoon of honey at that time ....... waited an additional 2 hours and unbelievably my blood reading was (100).

I have done this three consecutive days with the same 15% reduction in readings. I also tried taking a tablespoon before bedtime and obtained the same 12-15% reduction in my waking blood sugar readings. Thanks so much for he information.

Bob

Angela's Comments:

Bob,
That is wonderful! Thank you so very much for sharing with me and our readers! Raw honey continues to amaze me...

Bee healthy,
Angela


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Oct 24, 2012
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by: Anonymous

Angela has the results of the study which prompted me to try it.The study is listed on the site under raw honey benefits.
I also used the link to read the actual study. It may not work for everbody but it worked for me. I wouldn't attempt it without taking blood sugar readings.
I had previously given up eating honey although I did continue to use it topically.

Oct 22, 2012
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how is that possible?
by: Anonymous

how is that possible to have reduced blood sugar since honey is mostly sugar??

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