I am on the hunt for something that will help keep my blood sugars more level so that my body doesn't do it's wild nightly spike. At this point I am trying a new mid-night snack. Wheat toast with cinnamon and a small drizzle of honey. There are many articles that encourage the use of cinnamon and honey to stabilize blood sugar levels with the warning not to go overboard with the honey. Too much of a good thing can be bad for you.
|Multi-grain toast with cinnamon and a drizzle of honey.|
The reason we want our meals to have a lower glycemic index is because foods that are higher on the glycemic index scale tend to raise your blood sugar levels. And rapidly raising blood sugar levels will set off a chain of reactions putting your body into “fat storing mode.”
"Cinnamon -- from the powdered bark of the tree botanically known as Cinnamomum verum -- is highly valued by herbalists in various medical systems, including Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda. Cinnamon has been traditionally employed to treat disorders such as diarrhea, rheumatism and menstrual cramps.
Drugs.com credits cinnamon with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial qualities, and reports that many of the spice's beneficial qualities come from its content of cinnamaldehyde, found in the essential oil. Results of clinical studies showing the effects of cinnamon on blood glucose have been mixed.
However, in a placebo-controlled clinical study published in the December 2003 issue of "Diabetes Care," researchers found that between 1 and 6 g a day of cinnamon reduced serum glucose in patients with type two diabetes. Blue Shield Complementary and Alternative Health recommends 1/2 to 3/4 tsp. of the powder per day."
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/386372-what-are-the-dangers-of-cinnamon-in-treating-diabetes/#ixzz2ee7600ec
Adding Honey, the natural sweetener to the diet increases the benefits of the cinnamon. Our body processes honey slower than it does sugar. Please use honey in moderation. The test results do show that although it lowers blood sugar levels it somehow increases A1c. (The test used by doctors to diagnose diabetes.)