Is Honey Good or Bad For Diabetes?

Key Highlights

  • Honey is a natural sweetener.
  • It has many health benefits.
  • But is honey good or bad for diabetes?

Honey is a sweet, sticky yellowish-brown fluid made by bees and other insects from nectar collected from flowers.

It is used as a folk remedy throughout history and has a variety of health benefits and medical uses. [1]

But is honey good or bad for diabetes?

Let’s find out.

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Is Honey Good or Bad For Diabetes?

Honey is good for diabetes in moderation.

If you have diabetes, it doesn’t mean you have to stop eating sweets altogether.

How you manage your food intake matters.

Keep in mind that honey contain many vitamins and minerals, including iron, vitamin C, folate, magnesium, potassium, and calcium. It also has antioxidant properties. [2]

But along with these nutrients, honey is a rich source of simple carbohydrate (sugar).

So, enjoy honey in diabetes in moderation and only if your diet is diabetes-friendly.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I eat honey in diabetes?

Yes. You can eat honey in diabetes but in moderation. Honey can be a great alternative of table sugar.

Is honey good for diabetics type 2?

Yes. Honey is good for type 2 diabetes. It can be a great alternative of table sugar.

Does honey increase blood sugar slowly or quickly?

Honey increase blood sugar quickly. But if you eat it with fatty foods, it increases your blood sugar slowly.

Does raw honey raise blood sugar?

Yes. Raw honey raises your blood sugar. So, eat honey in moderation.

The Final Word

Honey is a natural sweetener, and we love to eat it.

But in diabetes, you have to manage your food intakes; so that your blood sugar can’t go up.

Also, following a diabetes diet is a must.


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Following are the references of this article.

  1. Pharmacognosy Research: Honey and Health: A Review of Recent Clinical Research. Accessed 30 December 2021[]
  2. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA): Honey. Accessed 30 December 2021[]
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About the Author

A. R. Choudhury, ARChoudhuryMSc,

A. R. Choudhury also known as Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelorโ€™s and Masterโ€™s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition, and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS. ๐Ÿ…

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals. ๐Ÿ’ช ๐Ÿฅ—

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