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Can people with type 2 diabetes eat honey?

People with diabetes are often told they should not eat sweets and other foods that contain sugar because they may cause a spike in blood sugar levels. So, could honey be a healthful alternative to sugar-filled sweets and snacks?

Blood sugar (glucose) levels are the amounts of sugar found in the blood. Sugar is the body’s primary source of energy.

Sugar is broken down by insulin, a hormone produced in the pancreas. The bodies of people with diabetes do not produce enough insulin or use it correctly.

What are carbohydrates?

Carbohydrates, which are broken down into sugar provide the body with most of its needed energy. Carbohydrates make up half of recommended daily caloric intake.

Carbohydrates are present in most foods, including:

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Like most foods, honey does contain carbohydrates.
  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • milk
  • grains
  • beans
  • honey
  • white sugar
  • brown sugar
  • candy
  • desserts

The amount and type of carbohydrates consumed affect blood sugar levels. To keep their blood sugar at a safe level, people with diabetes should limit their total carbohydrate intake to between 45 grams (g) and 60 g per meal or less. As such, it is important to choose healthful, non-processed, high-fiber carbohydrates and control portion sizes.

What is honey?

Raw honey starts out as flower nectar. After being collected by bees, nectar naturally breaks down into simple sugars and is stored in honeycombs. The honeycombs trigger the nectar to evaporate, which creates a thick, sweet liquid known as honey.

Honey, like other sugars, is a condensed source of carbohydrates. One tablespoon of honey contains at least 17 g of carbohydrates.

While this amount may seem small, it adds up pretty quickly depending on how many carbohydrates a person consumes at a meal sitting. While honey is made up of sugar, it also contains vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

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