According to researchers, honey can have a beneficial effect on diabetes type 1 and type 2 because it can reduce blood glucose concentration (Rohlfling et al., 2002).
More particularly, it has been found that unlike other sweeteners honey can reduce postprandial glycemic response to diabetics and thus, decrease glucose levels in the blood (Shambaugh et al., 1990).
Its antioxidant properties enhance its anti-diabetic action because diabetes seems to be related to oxidative stress, as well as lipid oxidative metabolism (Folli F., 2011; Kim et al., 2006; Erejuwa et al., 2010; Rahimi et al., 2005).
Therefore, honey is a wise addition to our diet so as to keep our glucose at a desired level.
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