Recent scientific research shows possible role of honey in the fight against obesity, as our favorite sweetener appears to be quite effective in reduce risk of developing resistance to insuline, glucose tolerance and Diabetes type 2.
Following a six-month scientific research held by the Endocrinology and Metabolism Department of Agia Sofia Pediatric Hospital in Athens it has been found that a daily comsumption of 15 gr. of honey has a beneficial impact in the glucose and insuline consentration in comparison to other sweeteners with the same content of glucose.
“Findings show that daily consumption can delay or even prevent developing resistance to insuline, impaired glucose tolerance and diabetes type to, to overweight young girls” says Ms. Evangelia Harmandari, Prof. of Pediatrics and adolescent endocrinology int the Medical Scool of Athens University, also heading the Endocrinology Department of the Pediatric Clinic A’ at Childrens Hospital Agia Sofia.
The research examined 30 healthy, overweight girls of average age 11,5 with a BMI over 90 and intended in examining the impact of honey compared to granulated sugar in the concentration of glucose and insuline to obese children.
HONEY AS MEDICINE
Renowned since ancient times for its dietary and medical properties, honey, among others, is lower on the glycemic index than granulated sugar. And this is why:
Our bodies break food down into glucose in order to use it for fuel. The more complex a food — namely a carbohydrate — is, the more work it takes to break it down. Sugar is made of 50 percent glucose and 50 percent fructose, the sugar typically found in fruits, and is broken down very easily, leading to a surge of blood glucose. What the body doesn’t use right away gets stored as fat. Honey is also made mostly of sugar, but it’s only about 30 percent glucose and less than 40 percent fructose. And there are also about 20 other sugars in the mix, many of which are much more complex, and dextrin, a type of starchy fiber. This means that our bodies expend more energy to break it all down to glucose.
Honey also has trace elements in it — pollen grains that bees picked up while going from plant to plant. These will depend on region, so depending on the source of honey it could have varying small amounts of minerals like zinc and selenium, as well as some vitamins. And because honey doesn’t break down in nature, it doesn’t contain preservatives or other additives.
A few words on Obesity
Obesity has become a major concern in the 21st century, with doctors speaking of a new epidemic. The percentage of obesity in young children increases all over the world raising awareness in the scientific community as it is closely linked to:
Type 2 diabetes
Obesity is also held responsible for the increased cost of public health spending, so the problem is affecting societies and countries -therefore addressing this problem is not just a matter of personal well being.