October 31, 2013
Honey May Be Harmful For People With Type 2 Diabetes
Rebekah Eliason for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online
People often use honey as a healthier substitute for white sugar, but new research indicates this could be a harmful choice for people with type 2 diabetes because of the large amount of simple sugars it contains.
Unlike regular white sugar, honey is chock-full of B vitamins which are beneficial for the nervous system and energy production as well as nail, skin and hair vitally. However, similar to many types of fruit, honey is loaded with simple sugars and consequently, it is not recommended for people with diabetes because of the potential harm to their health.
These findings were explained by Griselda Xóchitl Brito Córdova, a nutriologist at the National Nutrition Institute (INCMNSZ) and an advocate against the popular belief that honey is a beneficial sugar substitute for diabetes patients. She did not condemn honey altogether, but instead labeled it as 'ok' every once in a while as long as other simple sugars, such as the ones found in fruit, were eliminated from a person’s daily diet.
Since honey contains enzymes that facilitate digestion, it is a better option than many of the sweeteners currently available. Brito Córdova explained another aspect of honey that is particularly dangerous to people with type 2 diabetes is its tendency to raise fat and triglyceride levels. People with type 2 diabetes typically already suffer from obesity or are overweight along with insulin resistance.
Brito Córdova did present an alternative, pointing to the many artificial sweeteners available on the market such as saccharin, aspartame, sucralose, neotame or acesulfame potassium, which are known by different commercial names.
Natural sweeteners contain around 70 calories per spoonful, while their artificial counterparts contain a maximum of only four calories per spoonful.
Honey does provide an array of nutrients and has a number of beneficial properties. Generally it contains between 60 and 100 components such as enzymes, organic acids, proteins, vitamins, and naturals substances that raise the activity, growth and digestion process in the human body, as well as calcium, sodium, potassium, magnesium, iron, chlorine, phosphorus, sulfur and iodine salts; not mention a whole list of trace elements.
It also has the ability to elevate hemoglobin levels in the blood and is therefore often recommended as a treatment for anemia. And honey contains antibiotic and healing properties useful in treating gastric ulcers, kidney ailments and mild eye infections. In addition it acts as a light laxative, natural sedative, calcium fixative and antiseptic, by being slightly acidic and containing large quantities of glucose, which also prevents bacterial growth.