Is Honey Safe For People With Diabetes?


This is no surprise that honey is sweeter than granulated sugar. And people with diabetes are told that they should avoid eating any sugary sweets or desserts.

However, the truth is not the amount of sugar you eat that matters the most, but your total carbohydrate intake.

Like sugar, honey is a concentrated source of carbohydrate.

Let’s say if you take a tablespoon of honey then it provides 17.3 g of carbohydrates, while a teaspoon has 5.8 g of carbohydrate.

Honey is often considered a healthy sweetener substitute when compared to white sugar. Although it is more natural and less processed, it still contains about the same amount of sugar as any other type of nutritive sweeteners.

Therefore, you should ideally restrict your carbohydrate intake to 45 g to 60 g per meal for best blood sugar control.


If you enjoy the taste of honey more than sugar and wish to include this in your everyday diet then try to keep the amount you eat very small.

For example, you could add 1/2 tsp. of honey to your tea, to plain yogurt or to your breakfast oatmeal.

Although this amount is pretty small, your taste buds will adjust to a lower sugar intake over time.

Also you’ll be able to enjoy the subtle flavor of honey in smaller amounts, while keeping your diabetes under control.