What is Glycemic Index (GI)?

The Glycaemic Index (GI) is a measure of how quickly a carbohydrate-containing food raises blood glucose levels. Foods with a low GI (55 or less) are digested, absorbed, and metabolised more slowly, causing a slower and smaller rise in blood glucose levels.

GI Research shows Table sugar (Sucrose) has a GI of around 68 while Yellow Box Honey has a GI of around 35 and Ironbark Honey around 48.

Benefits of Low GI Foods

Low GI foods are generally considered better for health in managing blood sugar levels and improving insulin sensitivity. They are also thought to have a positive impact on the heart, physical endurance, digestive health, cognitive function, hormones and skin.

7 Benefits of Low GI Honey in Manufacturing

There are many benefits for using Low Glycaemic Index honey in manufacturing, particularly in the food and beverage industry. Low GI honey like Yellow Box or Ironbark honey are light in colour and offer many benefits, including:

1. Healthier sweetening option

Low GI honey provides a healthier alternative to high GI sweeteners like refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup. This can be a particularly attractive option for health-conscious consumers or those managing health conditions like diabetes.

2. Natural Product

AB’s Honey is 100% Pure Australian honey and has undergone minimal processing.

3. Flavour, colour and Aroma

Yellow Box and Ironbark honey are both low GI honey. They are light in colour and mild in flavour, making them the perfect addition to any product. Both varieties pair well with all dairy products. Ironbark is popular with drink manufacturers as well as bakery products.

4. Market Appeal

Products made with low GI ingredients appeal to today’s health-conscious market. Using low GI honey can enhance the product’s image as being closer to nature and free from artificial additives. This will appeal to a broader segment of consumers who are interested in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

5. Nutritional benefits

Honey contains antioxidants and other beneficial compounds that can contribute to the nutritional profile of the end product.

6. Lower sugar levels

Using Low GI honey reduces the sugar levels within the product and enables manufacturers to align their product with the consumer demand for low sugar products.

7. Lower ingredient costs and higher profit

Using Low GI honey reduces the ingredient cost of the products compared to using sugar. Low GI honey has a greater sweetness intensity compared to regular sugar. This means that a smaller amount of honey can be used. It may also reduce the need for preservatives and stabilisers due to it antimicrobial and hygroscopic nature. Low GI honey products can be marketed as a healthier option with a higher retail price.

Guaranteed Supply

AB’s Honey guarantees consistent, on-time supply of 100% Australian honey including powdered honey.

Experienced Australian Honey suppliers

AB’s Honey has over 30 years experience working with manufacturers, large and small to meet their requirements. Our HACCP certified facility gives you peace of mind and our experience means we can help you select the right honey to meet your needs in a range of packaging options straight to your manufacturing facility. Contact us today to discuss your requirements.

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