What kind of honey can I eat with diabetes?
With diabetes, honey is allowed, but not any variety. First, the product must be ripe, and secondly - natural, with a proven 100% quality. We bring to your attention a small list of the varieties allowed for diabetes:
- floral (get it from nectar, collected from a variety of flowering plants);
- Acacia (an easy and useful product that can be stored for a long time in a liquid state);
- buckwheat (improves the picture of blood and increases the level of hemoglobin);
- Chestnut (honey with bitter taste, not everyone likes, but it is extremely useful).
Other known varieties - for example, rapeseed or lime - contain more glucose than fructose, so they were not considered for use in diabetes with specialists.
How to take honey in diabetes?
Of course, honey in diabetes can not be eaten literally "spoons." The limiting daily amount of it - 2-3 tsp. The product is added to cottage cheese, kefir, water. But sweeten hot honey with honey: at a temperature of more than 40 ° C its useful properties are replaced by harmful ones.
Before embarking on the introduction of honey in the diet, make sure that it is natural. Sometimes this is a matter of life and death: a lot of extraneous additives, including sugar, make a fake dangerous for any diabetic. Therefore, find a "self" beekeeper who will supply you with fresh and quality bee products.
And yet: the crystallized mass in diabetes should not be eaten. It is important to choose only a liquid product. There are varieties that can not crystallize for 1-2 years (for example, honey from a white acacia).
Also in priority for diabetics is honey in honeycombs. This product can be used almost regularly. By the way, it's impossible to fake it.
Buckwheat honey with diabetes
Buckwheat honey has a characteristic taste, aroma and color. It is dark, sometimes resinous, perhaps not very attractive in appearance. But such a variety is considered one of the most useful, because of the record content of vitamin and mineral substances.
Buckwheat honey has such healing properties:
- strengthens the immune system;
- prevents catarrhal diseases;
- treats anemia, hypertension;
- eliminates hypovitaminosis;
- improves the functioning of the nervous system, soothes;
- inhibits the development of inflammatory processes;
- accelerates recovery in case of physical exhaustion, after severe diseases and surgeries.
The use of such honey in diabetes is felt only if its use is correct. So, for people with diabetes, the daily norm of this bee product can not be more than 1-2 teaspoons.
Honey of white acacia with diabetes
Honey, obtained from the flowers of the white acacia, is easily recognizable: it is light, almost transparent, with a slightly golden hue. Such a bee product crystallizes very long: it can remain liquid from six months to two years.
Honey white acacia is allowed for use by people with diabetes. It is considered hypoallergenic, as it causes allergies very rarely.
One of the main advantages of this product is a wide vitamin and mineral composition, represented by vitamins A, B, C, E, H, PP and trace elements, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iodine, chlorine, sodium, zinc, phosphorus, iron, etc.
The bee product from the white acacia has such features and properties:
- tones up, gives strength and vivacity;
- improves blood composition and vascular wall condition;
- accelerates metabolism;
- cleanses the liver;
- activates the brain, improves sleep;
- stops the development of the inflammatory process, heals ulcers, wounds.
The average amount of fructose in acacia honey is 40%, so for diabetes it is allowed to take 1 tsp. Such a treat once a day. The optimal time for consumption is in the morning on an empty stomach, or during the day half an hour before meals.
Honey in diabetes can be eaten in its pure form, gradually dissolving in the oral cavity, or dilute a small amount of it with warm water.
Honey and lemon in diabetes
Lemon is a very desirable product in the diet of people with diabetes. It is hardly worth repeating again that this citrus fruit is extremely useful. Lemon "knows how" to stabilize blood pressure and cholesterol level, and also accelerate the removal of harmful substances from the body.
Lemon with honey is often used as a remedy for diabetes. For example, this recipe is popular:
- take one medium-sized lemon, one head of garlic and 3 teaspoons of honey;
- garlic is cleaned and passed through a meat grinder along with a whole lemon (no need to peel off);
- add honey to the resulting mass and mix well;
- consume 1 tsp. Mixture with food, three times a day.
Such a recipe helps to significantly improve the health of a patient with diabetes and normalize blood sugar levels. In addition, you can prepare the healing mass for future use: it is perfectly preserved in the refrigerator, if it is placed in a clean jar and closed with a lid.
Alternative healers assure the benefits of another, more complex prescription:
- squeeze juice from a pair of medium lemons;
- mix the resulting juice with 300 grams of washed and dried raisins and 300 g of ground walnuts;
- add 200 ml of fresh honey;
- stored in the refrigerator, using 1 tsp. Mixture in the morning with breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Honey in the Cells for Diabetes
Honey in honeycombs is, in fact, the same bee product, which is only in its natural "storehouse". When the honey is pumped out the frame with the honeycomb is installed in the honey, where the liquid part is literally squeezed out, separating from the honeycomb.
Therefore, honey, used with honeycomb, is also useful: plus, it is supplemented with useful properties of particles of other products, such as wax, zabrus, propolis.
Honey in honeycombs is not faked, therefore, when purchasing such a product, one can count only on the natural composition. Its effectiveness is beyond doubt, since it has:
- anti-inflammatory effect;
- healing effect;
- antimicrobial property.
Phytoncides, which are contained in wax, are distinguished by preventive and medicinal effects. With diabetes, honey in honeycombs is consumed little by little - a day is enough to eat a piece the size of a small walnut. Usually it is advised to chew such a piece until the sensation of sweetness disappears in the mouth: many "sponges" are spit out, but with diabetes it is advisable to swallow it. The absorbed wax plays the role of a natural sorbent, perfectly cleansing the digestive system. However, it is important not to overdo it: since the digestive tract is not able to digest the waxy "chewing gum", it can be eaten very little. A greater amount of swallowed mass can only do harm.
Optimal use of honey in honeycombs for diabetes in the morning, on an empty stomach, with a glass of clean water.
Chestnut honey for diabetes
Honey from chestnut color can not be considered a popular variety. The main reason for this unpopularity is the peculiar taste of the product. However, with diabetes, it is much more useful than any other honey variety.
Such a variety can have a different color shade - from dark to almost colorless. It depends on the kind of chestnut tree from which the nectar was collected. But the taste is always typical, and it is simply impossible to confuse it: the expressiveness of sweet and sugary taste in it is minimal, but the bitterness stands out quite brightly. It is because of this bitterness that the product is less popular. But such honey in diabetes is considered one of the most recommended for use.
The main useful property of chestnut honey treats is the ability to inhibit the vital activity of bacteria and even viruses. With diabetes, honey demonstrates such abilities:
- optimizes the exchange processes;
- makes the vessels elastic;
- strengthens immune defense;
- improves the function of the pancreas and digestive system as a whole.
The acceptable rate of consumption of such honey for diabetes is 1 teaspoon per day (without any danger to health).
Flower honey with diabetes
Honey from different colors is called floral: among all varieties, it probably has the richest flavor. In addition, it is also very useful in diabetes, since its composition can be represented by the nectar of many honey-plants: apple, apricot, cherry, strawberry, clover, sweet clover, dandelion, alfalfa, peppermint, etc. The hue of flower honey can vary, depending on from which plants in the process of honey production involved more.
A teaspoonful of this product contains approximately 25 kcal. More than 60% of sugars are fructose and glucose, and less than 10% sucrose. This ratio is quite permissible for the use of honey in diabetes.
If there is no predilection for allergies to beekeeping products, the optimal dose of flower honey for diabetes can be from one to two teaspoons. Experts recommend adding a combination of delicacy with a few drops of lemon juice: this will help improve metabolic processes and update blood composition.
In general, regular consumption of honey in diabetes in recommended amounts will strengthen the immune system and improve the functioning of many organs and systems.