The specificity of diabetes mellitus is that this disease is more controlled by following a proper diet. The main prohibition for people with diabetes is the use of carbohydrate-containing foods that are easily digested. This is due to the fact that foods with a light carbohydrate content have an increased glycemic index, which has a direct effect on increasing the sugar concentration in the patient's body. A person who has been diagnosed with diabetes must follow his diet and follow certain rules regarding further meals.
Important! A diabetic should be very careful and responsible when choosing a product, he must first of all pay attention to whether the selected product will cause a drop in the level of sugar in his body.
Due to the specific nature of this disease, there is a certain category of products, regarding the benefits of which (for diabetics) there are many controversial issues. In particular, this applies to honey. But no matter how paradoxical it may sound, the use of honey in diabetes mellitus is not prohibited, but on the contrary, it is even welcomed. Honey can be consumed even by people who suffer from hyperglycemia. The main thing - do not abuse and adhere to the recommended standards.
The benefits of honey and composition
About the beneficial and even healing properties of natural honey, humanity has long been known. With it, you can eliminate various pathologies, the use of honey is also common in areas such as dietology, medicine and cosmetology.
Each individual variety of this product has its own characteristic color, texture and taste. The main influence on these qualities has a place of collecting honey, the location of the apiary, and also important is the seasonal period in which the product was collected. All these nuances have a direct impact on the taste of honey, as well as on the level of its benefits for the human body.
High quality honey is a fairly high-calorie product, however, its use has a very positive effect on the health status of diabetics, because it has a lot of useful qualities. This product does not contain fats and cholesterol, it also has a high content of vitamins and trace elements in the form of potassium, sodium, iron and ascorbic acid. In addition, the composition of honey includes a large number of essential proteins, complex carbohydrates and dietary fiber.
In order to have a clear understanding of the daily rate of consumption of honey, first of all, you should find out what kind of glycemic index it possesses. Since in diabetes it is this index that has the main influence on the choice of products that can be consumed. Although honey is a sweet food, its main composition contains not sugar, but fructose, which has no effect on the indicator of sugar in the body. It is thanks to this feature of the product, it is in the list of those who are allowed to use with diabetes, but it is still necessary to follow certain rules.
Choosing the right honey for diabetics
As the obvious benefit of honey, and its harmfulness has been repeatedly proved. The use of this product by patients with diabetes is allowed only certain varieties. The main factor in choosing the right honey is the minimum content of glucose in it, since it is the products that he eats that have a positive effect on the body of a diabetic.
The choice of honey depends on the severity of diabetes. In the mild form of the disease, the glycemia level is corrected by the selection of high-quality products, as well as appropriate medications. Patients on a mild form of diabetes, due to the natural bee product in the shortest period fill the deficiency of nutrients in the body.
It is also important how much honey is allowed to use in diabetes mellitus, because for a positive effect on the body it is necessary to eat a little and only a few times a week. Adding honey in small quantities to main dishes is welcome, and taking the product in its purest form is best avoided. According to the recommendations of doctors, the most optimal dose of honey is 2 tablespoons a day, three times a week.
For patients with diabetes, only a high-quality, natural product, preferably spring varieties, is allowed to be eaten. This is due to the fact that it is in spring varieties that the highest content of fructose (as compared with the others), which, accordingly, is much more beneficial for diabetics. It is also worth noting that white honey for patients is more beneficial than honey from linden or other plants.
Acquisition of a bee product should occur exclusively from trusted and reliable sellers, since it is possible not to worry about this, that various extraneous additives in the form of dyes or flavors can be mixed into the honey. Doctors also recommend that patients with diabetes have honey directly with honeycombs. It is believed that wax helps fructose and glucose to be absorbed in the blood much faster.
When choosing honey, particular attention should be paid to its consistency, since this product is characterized by prolonged crystallization. Diabetics are allowed to use only a liquid product, since it retains a maximum of useful properties, and the glucose content is minimal, as the honey crystallizes, it gradually loses its useful properties. Consequently, thick honey will bring absolutely no benefit to the diabetic.
The most useful for diabetics are:
- chestnut honey;
- acacia honey;
- sage honey;
- honey honey
The calculation of the exact dosage of honey for a diabetic with hyperglycemia is quite simple, the main thing is to take into account - 2 teaspoons of honey contain one bread unit. In the absence of any contraindications, it is allowed to add honey in a small amount to warm drinks, salads and meat dishes. In addition, it is allowed to replace white sugar in tea with honey.
Despite the fact that the use of honey in diabetes mellitus is quite acceptable, systematic monitoring of the level of sugar in the blood should still be made. This is justified by the fact that excessive consumption of this product can cause a sharp drop in the level of sugar.
Will honey be useful for diabetics?
The fact that diabetes mellitus primarily affects the cardiovascular system and internal organs is a long-established fact. Natural honey helps to restore the body’s work and normalizes the work of such vital organs as:
- gastrointestinal tract.
In addition, with the help of honey, you can save blood vessels from stagnant blood and cholesterol accumulations. It also helps to strengthen the walls of blood vessels and increase their elasticity, improve the functionality of the heart, helps get rid of bacteria and various infections that can attack the body of a diabetic. Affects the strengthening of immunity, and also helps to accelerate the healing of cuts and other skin damage.
With regular use of honey, the patient’s general health is normalized, the nervous system is restored, the vitality is increased and sleep is normalized. In addition, honey is endowed with properties that block the negative effects of toxic or medicinal drugs that can get into the human body.
The use of natural honey by people suffering from diabetes, sposbstvuet:
- body cleansing;
- raising energy;
- immunity increase;
- normalization of body temperature;
- getting rid of inflammatory processes.
How to use for medicinal purposes?
The best way to clean the body is to use a therapeutic drink, which is very easy to prepare: it is enough to dissolve one teaspoon of honey in a glass with warm water. To take such a drink is necessary to sutra on an empty stomach. If it is necessary to calm the nervous system, drinking the drink is recommended for the night before going to bed. You can also replace the drink, eating instead one teaspoon of honey, after which you need to drink a glass of warm water. Thanks to these actions, insomnia will pass in the shortest period.
To improve vitality, gain strength and energy, it is necessary to use honey in combination with fruits and vegetables rich in fiber. Inflammatory processes can be removed by gargling with honey. For diabetics, it is extremely necessary, because their body reacts heavily to any viral disease.
When coughing patients with diabetes mellitus, it is usually recommended to use folk remedies for the treatment, since excessive medication may adversely affect the general condition of the patient. Most often prescribed treatment with honey and black radish. In order to reduce the fever, it is recommended to use warm, black tea with honey. Enhance immunity contributes to the use of decoction of wild rose with the addition of a small amount of natural bee honey.