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    Default Low Glycemic Honey

    I have come across info on honey nutrition, which states honey has a Glycemic index between 32 and 85. They point to acacia honey as being 32. Are there any honeys local to the northeast with a low GI?
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    Default Re: Low Glycemic Honey

    Usually when people say Acacia they are referring to Robinia pseudoacacia which is native to the Eastern US and is very widespread in Europe. In Europe they all call it Acacia, which it's not.

    Here in the states it's called Black Locust and it's one of the best honeys there is, albeit a little mild for my taste. True Acacia is an Australian plant which is widespread in Southern California. I never heard of anyone getting a honey crop from acacia in the west.

    Does that help?

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    Default Re: Low Glycemic Honey

    Hmmmm...diabetic honey. Now that would really be a boost to the honey industry!
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    Default Re: Low Glycemic Honey

    Quote Originally Posted by Rohe Bee Ranch View Post
    Hmmmm...diabetic honey. Now that would really be a boost to the honey industry!
    Shoot i would love a low GI honey. Its awful tough to be diabetic like i am and not be able to eat much of the honey. If i had my way i wouldn't eat anything but honey for all my sweetener

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    Default Re: Low Glycemic Honey

    I have a few black locust tress around my small farm. Growing up we used to call them honey locust. Those trees smell like heaven (what I image heaven to smell like ) when they are in bloom.

    I know some of my honey has those blooms. We give out quite a bit at Christmas time. Anyone we give to comes back and want more.

    Its very bad for taking over the area though and hard to kill off. It send out tons of ground sprouts, so if its in a place you don't like, it takes years to get rid of. In one spot, I finallly painted the cut sapling trunks with weed killer. That put most of it down, however last year I noticed more sprout again!!!!!l

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    Default Re: Low Glycemic Honey

    Anybody have a small jar of black locust, they would be willing to part with? My wife is a type 1 diabetic who has an insulin pump, she also has the real time blood glucose monitor, makes it very easy to see what effect a particular food has on her blood sugar.
    Brac

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    Default Re: Low Glycemic Honey

    We are out for this year, but send me a PM in spring to remind me. I'd be happy to send a jar. Can't say it will be pure black locust, but I'll pull a super off as soon as the blooms start coming off the trees.

    I'd like to know if its different also

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    Default Re: Low Glycemic Honey

    I would do a little homework before giving a diabetic honey. The glycemic index numbers can be misleading.
    Tree honeys have a lower glycemic index as a general rule because they have a higher fructose to glucose ratio (same reason they crystalize more slowly). Black Locust honey is very tasty, takes forever to crystalize, and is high in fructose.

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    Default Re: Low Glycemic Honey

    "I never heard of anyone getting a honey crop from acacia in the west."

    "Two species of Acacia in Texas, catsclaw [Acacia Greggii] and huajilla [Acacia Berlandieri], yield a large surplus of heavy white honey of fine quality. Huajilla honey is considered the best honey in the state." >> "Honey Plants North of America",-- J. Lovell.

    Acacia greggii >> Use Wildlife: Nectar-bees. http://www.wildflower.org/plants/res...?id_plant=ACGR
    Acacia berlandieri >> http://www.wildflower.org/plants/res...?id_plant=ACBE

    Other plants: Maybe not all native. >> http://www.wildflower.org/plants/sea...0&pagecount=10
    Acacia constricta, White-thorn Acacia >> Both native and non-native bees use the fragrant flowers as a source of nectar, an ingredient in desert honey made by European honeybees. >> http://msg.calsnet.arizona.edu/arbor...walk_number=14
    Last edited by Oldbee; 02-28-2010 at 07:37 AM.

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    Default Re: Low Glycemic Honey

    Here in the NE maple syrup season is coming right up, some research led me to looking at Birch syrup. Birch syrup is mostly fructose, I don't see any GI numbers for it, and it takes 100 gallons of sap to make 1 of syrup. I may make a small batch just to try it out, word is it is mostly made in Alaska.

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    Default Re: Low Glycemic Honey

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfpenfarm View Post
    Shoot i would love a low GI honey. Its awful tough to be diabetic like i am and not be able to eat much of the honey. If i had my way i wouldn't eat anything but honey for all my sweetener
    I too feel your pain.
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