Two tablespoons of popular ingredient can 'slash your risk of silent killer' | The Sun

ADDING just two tablespoons of honey to your diet can help slash your risk of a silent killer, experts have claimed.

Medics in Canada found that the golden liquid can improve blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

Scientists at the University of Toronto found that consuming honey lowers fasting blood glucose.

It also lowered levels of bad cholesterol and markers of fatty liver disease.

They also found that the popular food item increased levels of good cholesterol, along with some markers of inflammation.

High cholesterol is referred to as a silent killer, because in many cases, those who have it don't usually display symptoms.

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The only way to know you have the illness is to have your cholesterol measured with your GP or healthcare provider.

If it's not treated, it can lead to issues such as coronary heart disease.

High blood sugar levels are also known to affect people with diabetes, as thy are unable to control this due to the way their body produces insulin.

Diabetes is also known as a silent killer as may people will often have symptoms that can be put down to something else such as feeling tired or being unusually thirsty.

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Research associate in nutritional sciences at the University of Toronto, Tauseef Khan, said the results were 'surprising', due to the fact that honey is 80 per cent sugar.

He added: "But honey is also a complex composition of common and rare sugars, proteins, organic acids and other bioactive compounds that very likely have health benefits.”

Medics stressed that those who participated in the trial had a healthy diet, with added sugars accounting for just ten per cent or less of their daily calorie intake.

However,writing in the journal Nutrition Reviews they said you shouldn't just start adding honey to your diet if you're already avoiding sugar.

They explained that if you're using sugar, such as table sugar, syrup or other sweeteners, then you should consider switching those for honey.

There were 18 controlled trials, with a total of 1,000 participants and the median daily honey dose across each one was 40 grams – around two tablespoons.

Most trials lasted for around eight weeks, with raw honey being seen to be the most beneficial.

Previous studies have shown the benefits of honey.

Medics in Italy found in 2018 that honey is packed with antioxidants which can help neutralise reactive oxygen species (ROS) in your body.

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These can cause damage which can then lead to conditions such as premature ageing, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

One paper, published in 2018 by experts at the Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, UKM Medical Centre, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, found that a daily intake of honey improved fasting blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.

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