HoneyWhen it comes to diabetes, the usual idea is that anything sweet is banned from your diet. That may not necessarily be true. Apart from adding artificial substitutes, diabetics can be the most innovative when it comes to finding a replacement for sugar.  Here is one of the most common questions asked about diabetes:

Q: Can a diabetic person have honey instead of sugar? 

Answer: Clinical studies have shown that pure honey is a healthier choice for diabetics than sugar and other sweeteners. Honey has a lower Glycaemic Index  i.e. it does not raise blood sugar levels as quickly as sugar. It also requires lower levels of insulin compared to regular white sugar. However, the key consideration is the total carbohydrates in your diet and not the amount of sugar. One tablespoon of honey has approximately 17 grams of carbohydrate. Honey is higher in calories, and is sweeter than sugar. This way you can add less honey to get the same sweetness. But before you decide to make the switch, make sure to first consult your doctor or dietician . An important fact you should keep in mind while using honey, is to be sure that you are using pure and unadulterated honey. Here are some more health benefits of honey.

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  • sam

    i am a 40 year old male.I take two spoonful of honey with 2 chapatis every morning as breakfast.Is it healthy enough to carry this regimen ?

    • aj

      Please check with endocrinologist or expert diabetologist. As far as I know honey contains high level of fructose and its metabolism in diabetes patient is an issue/is difficult.

  • Tomi Banire

    Hi Doc,
    I use the toilet more frequently now and for sometime I’ve also noticed that my urine never clear, unless I’ve probably used the toilet like twice. I get tired easily and seem to forget a lot of things easily now. I’ve tried staying away from sweet things but it’s not making things better at all. I sometimes use the toilet up to four times before morning.

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  • Rayyan Thasneem

    Can a diabetic person have dates and honey?

    • satyam

      can diabetics take honey

  • Ray Cook

    Information on honey was most helpful. First straight answer I’ve had, without a lot of ”ifs” and ”buts”. Puts my question right into context and plain
    English. Much appreciated.

  • wagdybastawy

    very important to clearfy any mistake we do it from our knowldge

  • j.p kalyan

    I am 37year old and I am efacted by daibeties since 8 year now in level but I aways drink wine so plz advaice me some thing