Honey for diabetic peopleDiabetes is in fact a fall of the metabolic system, which causes an excessive level of sugar in blood. Glucoses - a sugar in our blood, obtained from various foods- is our source of energy and heath. There are many causes of diabetes, such as: to little insulin, a disequilibrium of the hormone secretion in the pancreas, too many refined carbohydrates and an insufficient quantity of chrome and other minerals in the human body.
Nowadays, there are many ways to treat and prevent diabetes, a painful and degenerative disease that affects millions of people worldwide. The most important factors in treating diabetes are: diet changes, vitamin and minerals supplements added to the daily diet, stress management and physical exercises.
Is honey good for diabetic people? Is honey contraindicated for a diabetic person? Do certain honey types, very rich in fructose, have any effect in treating diabetes mellitus?
These are the three most common questions that diabetic people often ask themselves when the honey consumption problem is brought into discussion.
Most doctors claim that honey is not a food to be recommended to a person suffering from diabetes, because it has in its composition fructose (38%), glucoses (31%) and other polysaccharides such as sucrose. However, honey can be part of a diabetic person diet, but only if the person follows a strict diet, low in carbohydrates. Moreover, a diabetic person should consume honey only if his/her doctor allows it.
Fructose is not a substance to be used in treating diabetes mellitus and its prolonged administration instead of glucoses does not have a positive influence on the side effects of diabetes, such as retinal injuries. Thus, honey rich in fructose cannot be used as an alternative therapy in treating diabetes, no matter its clinic form.
It is important to mention that in the case of diabetes mellitus, honey can be useful if an accidental insulin overdosing occurs. An insulin overdosing can cause a hypoglycemic state that can lead to coma. When such a situation takes place, a teaspoon of honey taken immediately can remove the dramatic effects of insulin overdosing. Thus, honey is a simple and efficient way to save the life of a diabetic person.
Honey, the most used hive product, is nutritious, energizing and curative. Approximately 99.99% of the world population ca use it without a problem. Even those 0.01% that have adverse reaction to honey consumption, can use it by following certain rules, prescribed by the doctor.
People suffering from diabetes should use honey only if the doctors allows it and only under his/her strict supervision. The acacia honey is the best honey type for diabetics, or at least this is what some experts claim. People suffering from diabetes can consume little acacia honey in the morning. Honey is a sweet food, with 70% of its composition represented by carbohydrates. Thus it cannot be given in high quantities to those people who have hyperglycemia. People suffering from diabetes have an excess of glucose (dextrose) in their blood. Thus, a type of honey that has less dextrose and more fructose is better accepted by the organism of a hypoglycemic person. Acacia honey is better tolerated by diabetics because it has a high quantity of fructose.
Pavlina Potschinkova, one of the best Bulgarian apitherapists, wrote in her book ("Bee products used in medicine") that honey people suffering from diabetes can consume 20-30 grams of honey per day, but only under the strict supervision of a doctor. Thus, a hypoglycemic person can eat a teaspoon of honey (approximately 8-9 grams) before or after breakfast, diluted in tea, water or sour natural juice, like lemon or grapefruit juice.
However, many doctors and nutritionists say that diabetic people should not consume honey. They claim that the fructose is rapidly transformed into glucoses, once entered in our body, thus determining an increase of the glucose level in the blood. Another argument they bring, is the fact that the fructose is processed by various hepatic metabolic functions, which determine the production of triglycerides, fats that finally arrive in the blood and thus increase the arthrosclerosis risks. Therefore, they claim that no type of honey (no matter its floral origin or fructose content) can be used in any type of therapy destined to cure diabetes, regardless its clinic type.
As we have already pointed out, honey can be used after a serious hypoglycemic crisis, in the case of people suffering from type 1 diabetes.
On the other hand, royal jelly (due to the presence in its composition of an insuline-like peptide compound) and propolis can be used to lower the glucose level. The propolis acts on the Beta cells, located in the Langerhans islands of the endocrine pancreas, stimulating them to produce insulin. In this case, we can talk about a free radical scavenger and an inhibition in the production of interleukin 1B and in the activity of NO synthesized enzyme.
Recent studies, pointed out that the propolis can reduce the daily insulin dose, however without totally removing it from the treatment of a diabetic person.
Many doctors avoid to tell their diabetic patients that they can use honey in order to sweeten a little but their tea or coffee, because most times the patients do not limit to the consumption of a teaspoon of honey per day, but they eat two, three and even more teaspoons of honey. Honey is allowed but with moderation. Diabetic people have to consume one teaspoon per day and only to sweeten their cup of tea or coffee.
However, honey can be used in preventing diabetes. Recent studies have pointed out that the total replacement of sugar with honey, within the daily diet of a person, reduces the chances of diabetes with 60-70%. Honey is recommended in the diet of children and teenagers, because it prevents juvenile diabetes, impossible to cure with nowadays medicines and therapies.
Dessert recipe for diabetic people: Banana and honey muffins
Banana and honey muffins are very delicious. They have to be served while they are still warm, covered with honey and coconut powder.
Ingredients needed for banana and honey muffins:
-flour: 500 grams
-sugar: 50 grams
-coconut powder: 200 grams
- a banana
-honey: 70 grams
-olive oil: 50 ml
-yoghurt: 50 grams
How to prepare the banana and honey muffins:
First you have to grease with butter the muffin baking shapes. In a bowl you have to mix the flour, the baking powder and the cinnamon. Then, add the sugar and 150 grams of coconut. Stir all the ingredients thoroughly.
In another bowl mix the banana with 50 grams of honey, olive oil, yoghurt and the two eggs. Stir thoroughly. Pour the mixture over the flour and mix again.
Pour the mixture into the muffin baking shapes. Put the muffins into the oven for about 15-20 minutes.
Meanwhile heat the rest of the honey. When the muffins are baked, get them out of the oven. Grease them with the heated honey and sprinkle the rest of the coconut on top.
You have to serve them warm.
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