The Glycemic Index: Manuka Honey for Energy

The Glycemic Index: Manuka Honey for Energy

Have you ever wondered why your energy levels have suffered a slump with no obvious explanation at all? Or have you had a sudden spike in energy just after eating sweet foods?

We look a little further into how what we put into our body can make the difference in how we feel. Namely the difference between Manuka honey and sugar. Is it time to avoid sweet foods altogether or is there a nutritional value that we hadn’t thought of?

Manuka honey is a healthier choice to sugar

Discover how and why Manuka honey is a healthier choice than sugar when it comes to our blood sugar levels. 

Source: Science Direct 'The Glycemic Index of Manuka Honey'

First of all what is 'The Glycemic Index'? In general terms, a glycemic index is defined as the rate at which carbohydrates “is broken down into glucose and absorbed from the gut into the blood. In high GI foods, this occurs quickly, causing your blood glucose (sugar) level to rise or ‘spike’ rapidly. In low GI foods, carbohydrates are digested slowly resulting in a more gradual rise in blood glucose levels.” (NZ nutrition foundation). 

Manuka honey helps give your body longer-lasting energy levels

Non-Manuka honey has a relatively low Glycemic Index compared to sugar. However, due to the special makeup of Manuka Honey, its Glycemic Index is even lower making it a healthier alternative to both glucose found in sugar and other kinds of honey. 

Manuka honey's capability to produce smaller fluctuations in your blood glucose and insulin levels means it provides a slower release of energy and allows your body to sustain energy for longer. This means you won’t get a “sugar high” followed by a slump, helping to keep energy levels balanced so you can think/focus/feel better. In addition, the long term health benefits include; a reduced risk of diabetes, heart disease and one of the keys to maintaining weight loss. 

The lower GI index of Manuka honey also means it can be taken at any time of the day. This is why Manuka honey is the perfect nutritional sweetener alternative to any of your morning, afternoon or evening rituals. 

Other benefits of Manuka Honey

Manuka honey also benefits from naturally occurring Methylglyoxal (MGO). The MGO compound in Manuka Honey gives it unique antibacterial properties making it one of the most sought after and rarest kinds of honey in the world. Learn more about MGO here.

The versatility of Manuka honey is what makes it so unique and why we choose it above other kinds of honey. There are a number of other amazing ways to use your Manuka honey. We’ve highlighted some of them in another blog post and you can read it here: “Manuka Honey - Benefits and Uses”



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