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What is Honey?
Honey is a sweetfood made by bees using nectar from flowers. The variety produced by honey beesis the one most commonly referred to and is the type of honey collected by beekeepers and consumed by humans. Honey is primarily composed of nearly equal proportions of fructose and glucose, but also contains minerals, amino acids, enzymes, vitamins etc.
Is All Honey The Same?
No, there are many varieties and flavors of honey. Depending on the floral source from where the honey is collected, e.g. Acacia, Brassica, Eucalyptus, Lychee, Sunflower, Wild Forest etc.
Should Individuals With Diabetes Eat Honey?
Honey is a natural sweetener and can be given to Diabetics in moderation. Honey with high fruit sugar (Fructose) can be given as it stabilizes blood sugar and lowers HbA1c levels, something refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) cannot do. After ingestion, honey is converted directly into liver glycogen and does not result in the formation of triglycerides (fatty acids). Honey does not trigger an immediate or excessive insulin release which results from the consumption of most artificial sweeteners, and thus does not promote fat production, fat storage, and weight gain commonly associated with the use of these products.
It is however recommended that the use of honey in a Diabetic Diet should be under the consultation of the Doctor.
Is Honey Safe for Infants?
As with any raw, unprocessed food, honey is not recommended for infants whose immune systems are not fully developed. However, from the age of One year, children can easily enjoy honey.
Does Honey Spoil or go bad? Does it have an Expiry?
Honey stored in sealed containers can remain stable for decades and even centuries! However, honey is susceptible to physical and chemical changes during storage; it tends to darken and lose its aroma and flavor or crystallize. Honey never spoils and has an unlimited shelf life but for practical purposes, a shelf life is often stated.