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Can diabetics add honey to their mix of hot water and lemon?

If you have diabetes and are wondering if you can add honey to your mix of hot water and honey, here is your answer.

Written by Pavitra Sampath |Updated : February 8, 2015 5:56 PM IST

Can diabetics add honey to hot water and lemonWarm water, honey and lemon, when mixed together is a great way to boost your health. It can help cleanse the colon, improve the working of your digestive system, detoxify your body and beat constipation. But there are still a few things that worry people about this drink, and one of them is the fact that it contains honey and might not be suitable for diabetics. So just to set the record straight, here is the answer.

Plainly, yes, diabetics can have honey, but obviously in moderation. When it comes to sugar and diabetes, most people believe that anything sweet is taboo. But what you need to consider is that it is the total carbohydrates in your diet, and not the amount of sugar that matters. So, now that you know that you can have honey, here is a little information about how you can use it.

Clinical studies have shown that pure honey is a healthier choice for diabetics than sugar and other sweeteners. Why you ask? Well, honey has a lower glycaemic index (it does not raise blood sugar levels as quickly as sugar), it is higher in calories, is sweeter than sugar and requires lower levels of insulin compared to white sugar. Because of all its qualities, you can add less honey to get the same sweetness (one tablespoon of honey has approximately 17 grams of carbohydrate).

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Tip: Before you decide to make the switch, make sure to first consult your doctor or dietician. Another important fact you should keep in mind while using honey is to be sure that you are using pure and unadulterated honey.

So, go ahead add some honey to hot water and lemon drink, and find a much healthier and disease free you.

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