Manuka Honey & diabetes

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By Sunil Pinnamaneni

updated about 2 months ago

Manuka Honey has a lower Glycemic index compared to sugar. Wondering what that means for people with diabetes?

Before you continue to read, please keep in mind we always recommend talking with a professional doctor about your sugar intake if you are suffering from diabetes.

Honey is a great replacement for refined sugars if you are diabetic, actually it's proven to have a slower uptake in your body which means it does not raise your blood level sugars as much as refined or pure sugar products. The high amount of polyphenols and natural sugar profile of our Zealandia Honey® from selected beekeepers influences the way it is digested in the body, and its GI rating.

GI (Glycemic Index) relates to the rate at which carbohydrates are broken down into glucose and are absorbed into the blood from your gut. Foods with high GI index's can result in the all too familiar sugar high, followed by a crash. Low GI foods have a low sugar impact and help maintain stable blood sugar levels, now recognised as a very important health factor.

If you're keen to know, you can find the glycemic index of 60+ food products here identified by the Harvard Medical School.

That being said, let’s talk about carbohydrates and sugars. There is a common misconception out there that a high-carb diet is not good and that sugars are the worst enemies of humankind. Well that's not completely true.

Carbohydrates are the body its main source of energy. Eventually all carbs get broken down to one simple molecule, Glucose. Glucose is so vital to our body that it is the only source of energy that fuels our brain🧠, for example our brain simply doesn’t work by fat or protein. However, there is a limit to how much carbohydrates or sugars you consume per day, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends 5-10 tablespoons of free sugar a day.

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