Can honey be used as sugar substitute for diabetics?

India
January 5, 2007 4:27am CST
Is sugar a complete no-no for diabetics or can it be substituted by other natural sugar like honey? I have been suffering from diabetes since past one year and it gets difficult at times to abstain from sweets / chocolates. So, I do end up eating sweets on some days, which I feel bad about later on.
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• United States
5 Jan 07
I work at a health food store and no sugar is not a complete no-no for diabetics. Honey is a good substitute, along with stevia which is a natural sugar substitue and splenda. Also, cinnamon is a very good subsitute. Of course it cant be used for everything and its not sugar but for some flavoring. Hope this was helpful
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• Philippines
8 Jan 07
thanks for sharing this. my mom's a diabetic, and we don't want her taking artificial sweeteners as they contain the dreaded aspartame. i've heard, too, that honey could be a good sugar substitute for diabetics, but an interesting article i just read seems to suggest that honey is a form of glucose, too, with higher glycemic index than sugar, so it's not safe for diabetics. so now, i'm really confused.
• India
9 Jan 07
thanks, its heartening to know that suhar is not a complete no-no. Besides cinnamon, fenugreeek also helps to keep the sugar level in check.
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@rsa101 (14878)
• Quezon City, Philippines
10 Jan 07
Great to hear that note but i would just like to know how much of it can be used? Can it be used daily? like a tablespoon..... How do I know if I overused honey as sugar substitute?
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• Indonesia
5 Jan 07
I agree that honey ais good for sugar subtitution ^^ It's really healty drink ^^ Trust me
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• United States
11 Jan 07
If you are a diabetic then honey is a no, no. The basic component of honey is sugar! so you are just trading one for the other. The first response mentioned Stevia and it's the only substitute I would use. Stevia regulates your blood sugar, meaning it helps to keep it level. It is ok to have sweets, as long as you take some precautions. Say you want some ice cream? sprinkle some cinnamon on it. Add Stevia to the milk for your cereal, etc. Also it's good to have on hand one of the meters. Always stay in touch with your Dr.
@rsa101 (14878)
• Quezon City, Philippines
15 Jan 07
Stevia is some kind of new to me. Is it the same with Splenda and Equal?
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• United States
15 Jan 07
No, Stevia is completely different. It is made from the leaves of a tree..nothing added, all natural. Splenda is regular sugar, chemically altered to remove the calories. So while it has no calories, I don't know what the effects of the chemical alterations will be in the long run. The other stuff I know nothing about. Good luck in treating your diabetes. It's the easiest of all illnesses to treat and manage.
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@Kowgirl (3491)
• United States
7 Jan 07
No sugar is not a no no if you have diabetes. It is high carb foods that is messing up our bodies. I have been a diabetic for years and my doctor has found a way to help me take control of this disease...by putting me on a low carb diet. I still use sugar but not a lot. Even the artificial sweeteners will make you have a rise in your sugar blood level. I eat Chocolate too but not a lot. Only dark chocolate made with real coco. Not milk chocolate. I have learned to live with my diabetes and I eat 4 to 5 times a day.
• India
9 Jan 07
thanks cowgirl, i too eat dark chocolates only and made 4 to 5 meals a routine
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@rsa101 (14878)
• Quezon City, Philippines
15 Jan 07
Dark Chocolates are hard to find in my place especially those that are pure cocoa.
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@jos_h_ (21)
• India
15 Jan 07
Here I may suggest you a remedy for diabetics conditions . daily in the morning after getting up from bed drink 4-5 glass of worm water. Do not take any intake till 3/4 hour after you drink warer . There after you can take your tea/ coffee or milk . this certainly reduce your diabetic count. I suggest to measure your sugar count before you start this above treatment, and after say 6 months you can have certainaly a change in your count.
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• Philippines
20 Jan 07
I'll try this one :)
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@torrent (145)
• India
22 Jan 07
u can sometimes take honey becoz its better than taking sweets.......but too much of honey or eating it regularly is not good for diabetes
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@donzee (18)
• United States
18 Jan 07
Yes, honey can elevate your blood sugar. Try instead natural sweetners like stevia, xylitol, molasses, maple syrup. Stevia actually helps to control your blood sugar if taken long enough. Go to your search engine and check out these sweetners and see which one is for you.
@jos_h_ (21)
• India
16 Jan 07
In stead of sugar you should use honey and lemon to reduce diabetes
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@deebomb (15322)
• United States
24 Jan 07
Honey is just as bad as sugar. Honey has the highest calorie content of all sugars with 65 calories/tablespoon, compared to the 48 calories/tablespoon found in table sugar. Check out this web site about sugar and honey. You'll want get them both out of your diet http://www.healingdaily.c... www.nancyappleton.com
@loray143 (486)
• Philippines
13 Jan 07
honey is also a no-no since it can also trigger diabetes