Yes Indeed, Honey is safe for diabetes when used in moderation. Researches even suggest “Honey is good for diabetic people”.
Having said that Honey does not mean any synthetic or heavily processed commercial honey, But Raw and unprocessed honey.
Doctor don’t completely prohibit but advice moderate intake of sugars or carbohydrate in diabetic condition.
Honey is the better choice for sweetener in diabetic condition because of the following reasons.
- Natural honey is not plain calories, It is rich in micronutrients.
- Natural honey has a low glycemic index compared to table sugar.
- Raw Honey is anti-inflammatory (Improves metabolism of carbohydrates).
- Raw honey is rich in antioxidants (Reduces diabetic complications)
- Honey reduces cholesterol (LDL & Triglycerides)
- Honey slightly elevates Good cholesterol (HDL)
- Blood glucose level (PGL) peaks only for 30 min then drops and remains at a lower level
- Increases C-Peptide level in blood indicating insulin secretion.
Diabetes is a disease in which the body either does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that converts sugar, starches, and other food into energy for daily life activities. While the cause of diabetes is a mystery, both genetic and environmental factors—such as obesity and lack of exercise—appear to play roles. There are two major types of diabetes:
- Type-1 diabetes results from the body’s failure to produce insulin, the hormone that “unlocks” the cells of the body, allowing glucose to enter and fuel them.
- Type-2 diabetes results from insulin resistance (a condition in which the body fails to properly use insulin) combined with relative insulin deficiency. Many people diagnosed with diabetes have type-2 diabetes.
Honey and the Glycemic Index
The glycemic index (GI) is a ranking system for carbohydrates based on their effect on blood glucose levels. It compares available carbohydrates in individual foods and provides a specific glycemic index. It occurs two hours after food consumption. Carbohydrates that break down rapidly during digestion have the highest glycemic indices. Those that break down slowly, releasing glucose gradually into the bloodstream, have a low glycemic index. A lower glycemic response is often
- to equate to a lower insulin demand,
- better long-term blood glucose control, and
- a reduction in blood lipids.
Two of the foods with the highest GI indices are sugars and highly refined carbohydrates. We consume between two and three pounds of sugar each week, mostly in the form of sucrose (table sugar), dextrose (corn sugar), and high-fructose corn syrup. we can find these in abundance in many of the foods we eat every day like bread, breakfast cereal, mayonnaise, peanut butter, ketchup and spaghetti sauce, and ready-to-serve meals. We also eat large amounts of white flour products, including bread, rolls, pastry, rice, pasta, and cereals, which all have high glycemic index levels.
- High glycemic foods range from 64 to 100 on the glycemic index and include raisins, breakfast cereals, white bread, and table sugar. Glucose has the highest level of 100.
- Medium glycemic foods range from 41 to 57 on the glycemic index and include apple juice, rice, sweet potatoes, bananas, and oranges.
- Low glycemic foods score from 25 to 36 on the glycemic index and include beans and pulses, apples, pears, and skim milk.
Depending on the type, honey generally has a glycemic index of between 35 and 87. Yet in spite of the somewhat higher glycemic index than even table sugar, honey has been able to actually contribute to low increases in glucose levels, even among diabetics.
Raw Jamun Honey is advisable for diabetic people. During the Jamun flowering season, honey bees collected nectar and make honey. When more than 50% of flower source is from jamun, then that honey is called jamun honey. It can be confirmed by counting bee pollen under the microscope.
Jamun (Syzygium cumini) seeds are proven for its significant effect in lowering blood sugar level.
Few brands fool people by claiming of packing neem honey. Neem (Azadirachta indica) honey is not possible. Neem flower does not have sufficient nectar to give honey.
A honeycomb on a neem tree can’t be called as neem honey.
Honey should have at least 50% of Azadirachta indica pollen If it has to call as neem honey.
Being in the honey industry for more than three decades, BHARAT HONEY could not find a single sample of honey passing this test.
More studies are necessary to prove the beneficial effects of honey in diabetes. We can’t expect any aggressive or serious long term clinical studies, as no pharmaceutical company is going to gain.
Conclusion: Is honey really safe for diabetes?
Yes, Raw Jamun honey when taken in moderation, not only safe but good for diabetic people. Take advise from the doctor to know the maximum quantity to consume.