Tupelo Honey, a Sweet Diabetic Treat?

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2012-12-08 16:52:35 -0600
Started 2012-01-21 14:41:00 -0600

I was at our local farmer's market today picking up some veggies and visiting with friends. I was talking to one of the vendors discussing different types of honey and he mentioned the Tupelo honey which is a local Florida honey that doesn't crystallize because the sugar content of it is different from other raw honey's. He didn't know I am diabetic and he mentioned that it is a "safe" honey for diabetics.

SOLD! Well, at least to give it a try and find out for myself. It is all natural, Raw, unprocessed honey. Not the artificial one that some others have been talking about. I have a morning drink that I make that is best if made with local honey. But I use Truvia now because honey spikes me. So I am going to give this a try.

Have any of you heard of this before?

9 replies

NathanBurton 2012-12-08 11:37:50 -0600 Report

My father and grandparents have been in the bee keeping business for 30+ years and I've gone to any and every kind of informative bee keeping fair you could imagine along with working along with them ever since I can remember. Tupelo honey is made from the tupelo tree which only grows in the panhandle if Florida and to make it even more rare can only be harvested two weeks out of the year, sometimes more sometimes less. I can say with 100% confidence that tupelo honey is completely safe for diabetics. And to reassure that my grandparents have several customers that have been coming to them for years that have diabetes and have never had a problem with their BG spiking. Like I said it can only be harvested in the panhandle of Florida and is pretty rare so it's a little pricey, like everything else that's safe for diabetics. It ranges somewhere between 50 to 60 a gallon. But if you're interested and live anywhere close to Bay County Florida the name of their business is Bahead Honey farm. They also sell honey to a lot of New Leaf grocery stores in Tallahassee. Hope this information is useful to someone.

kdroberts 2012-01-22 21:11:22 -0600 Report

I don't know if I would say it's safe for diabetics, it's honey after all. It has about a 5-10% higher fructose content and 5-10% lower sucrose content than the average honey so it's feasible that you may see a minor difference between that and say a standard clover honey. It tastes pretty good though, if you like a milder tasting honey, so it's not a bad thing to have.

GabbyPA 2012-01-23 15:29:34 -0600 Report

It just really bites because there are so many other benefits with honey. I do like the taste and it is very mild in my aloe concoction. I used 2 tablespoons for about 4 cups of liquid. We will see.

kdroberts 2012-01-23 15:38:00 -0600 Report

That's about 30-35g carb. Depending on the serving size it may not raise your BG by much.

GabbyPA 2012-01-23 15:41:38 -0600 Report

Knowing my wacky body...it will send me to the moon. Carbs of most any kind are just not my friend. I only drink about 1/2-3/4 cup of the mixture and dilute it with water. It has aloe juice, vinegar, Cayenne pepper, cinnamon, lemon juice and ginger in it. Weird tasting, but you get used to it.

jayabee52 2012-01-22 19:42:17 -0600 Report

As former beekeeper, I have heard of Tupelo honey, but cannot attest to it being safe for people with diabetes. Since it is fructose instead of sucrose, it will not raise your BG numbers as high or as fast as table sugar. I believe it was just a sales ploy. check it out. buy some raw honey and consume a couple of teaspoons of it, and then the next day try the Tupelo honey. See how much your BG spikes over the baseline readings with the two honeys.

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