Honey in Your Diet: A Natural Substitute
Saudi Arabia ranks 7th in the world overall in the rate of diabetes according to the World Health Organization, and diabetes continues to affect nearly 10 million people in Saudi Arabia each year. With the prevalence of diabetes continuously on the rise across the world, this World Diabetes Day it is more critical than ever to consider the steps necessary to reduce the incidence of diabetes.
Those who currently suffer from diabetes know all too well, the struggle of regulating the body’s sugar levels. Sugar is in nearly every food, from the bread you consume to the sweets we so enjoy. Yet for regular or pre-diabetic consumers, regulating the body’s sugars is often not a consideration at all. The combination of the prevalence of high levels of sugars in our foods combined with our unaware eating habits leaves us at greater risk and exposure to diabetes and cardiovascular disease than ever before.
Finding substitutes for sugars in our diet can pose a lot of difficulties. Often, sugar substitutes simply do not meet our body’s desires for glucose and sucrose consumption. When we attempt to use artificial sweeteners, our body’s reject the taste and flavor. Without knowing how much sugar our bodies consume on a regular basis, we often expose ourselves to dangerous fluctuations in our body’s sugar levels, spiking our blood sugar and vastly changing our insulin production.
In order to protect our health, we need to become more conscious of how sugar makes its way into our diets. We don’t need to eliminate sugar – yet in many instances regulating our sugar intake could lower our risk of diabetes.
One of the best sugar substitutes for preserving flavor and delivering a swath of health benefits is honey. Honey is naturally rich in antioxidants, and its chemical makeup offers an array of immunity boosting benefits. But most importantly, honey is made up of sugar complexes that are much easier for your body to consume. Hundreds of studies around the world have demonstrated that honey is much easier for the body to digest and process without causing the same stress to the bodies sugar levels. This is increasingly promising for diabetics and sweet-lovers alike. Of course, honey is certainly no cure for sugar-related health issues. But is a strong substitute for unhealthy sugar sources, a natural energy booster and can increase metabolism levels due to its natural enzymes content.
As with all goods, it is crucial to source authentic, pure honey. In fact, the risks posed by adulterated honey or altered honey can cause even more health issues for honey consumers. The complex science behind bee honey that begins with a flower’s nectar is a natural process that cannot be replicated or substituted.
As we reflect on our battle against “the silent killer” Undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes, and other systemic health issues, we must consider how we will protect our bodies and create healthier lifestyles. Completely removing sweetness from our life is not an option for many consumers. But becoming more practical and careful in our consumption certainly is.