Posted by: Anonymous | 2009-04-23


Honey, Zylitol &  Cinnamon

My daughter has just been diagnosed as being insulin resistant &  I have placed her (&  the family) on The GI Diet. Just a few questions:
1. Can she safely eat honey?
2. Is Zylitol safe - on cereal &  oats?
3. I read that cinnamon is good for digestion - should I give her a tablespoon of cinnamon each day (on cereal or toast)?
Your advise would be most appreciated.

Expert's Reply


Diabetes expert

I suggest you consult a dietitian as it will be important for your daughter to follow a healthy diet for the rest of her life. Honey contains "sugar ", but in limited amounts it is fine, just keep in mind her total calories if she wants to loose weight. If you can do without sweeteners it is the best, but if you can't then again in moderation it is acceptable. Several healthy effects of cinnamon has been claimed - such as stabilising blood sugar control - there are no guidelines on this, but discuss it with your health care team.

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