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Glucose sickness?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created October 14, 2011 at 10:31 PM

I've been strictly Paleo for a number of weeks now, and just today decided to 'cheat' a little by having half a tsp. of Manuka honey. Immediately, I felt sick to my core. At the time I ate it, I hadn't had food for a good four hours or so, so I'm not sure what else the cause may have been. It's now developed into a mild nausea, and I'm starting to worry. The only sweets I've had since I begun the diet were occasional daily apples or bananas. Is there something wrong with my digestion?

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on October 15, 2011
at 12:55 AM

@James~ Honey still does this to me if I haven't eaten for awhile--and yes, it is pretty immediate!

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on October 14, 2011
at 11:54 PM

I've had that experience with Manuka before. Just the Manuka not regular old honey.

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on October 14, 2011
at 11:37 PM

Agreed; sounds like reactive hypoglycemia to me. It doesn't take a lot of honey since much of the glucose is unbound. I would usually have to eat slow-digesting starch to interrupt it.

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on October 14, 2011
at 10:55 PM

I guess the real question is how "immediate" is "immediate". I don't think a teaspoon of honey would spike and drop your blood sugar that fast with that amount of honey. Although I don't really know for sure how long the cycle would be in that situation.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on October 14, 2011
at 10:50 PM

You spiked your blood sugar (and therefore insulin) & are experiencing a blood sugar drop. No worries. It's normal if you've been low carb for awhile.

Eat some protein and/or fat & you will feel better.

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on October 14, 2011
at 11:37 PM

Agreed; sounds like reactive hypoglycemia to me. It doesn't take a lot of honey since much of the glucose is unbound. I would usually have to eat slow-digesting starch to interrupt it.

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

(8280)

on October 14, 2011
at 10:55 PM

I guess the real question is how "immediate" is "immediate". I don't think a teaspoon of honey would spike and drop your blood sugar that fast with that amount of honey. Although I don't really know for sure how long the cycle would be in that situation.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on October 15, 2011
at 12:55 AM

@James~ Honey still does this to me if I haven't eaten for awhile--and yes, it is pretty immediate!

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5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

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on October 14, 2011
at 10:44 PM

"Immediately" is a bit fast for digestion, even for honey, and a teaspoon is pretty small. Supposedly honey is supposed to help with indigestion, not cause it. However, I can see it doing some funky stuff on an empty stomach, since it is so highly hydroscopic. I'd drink a glass or two of water to offset and see what happens.

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