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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Glycemic Effects of Honey Study

Why are we doing this study?

Honey has been used as a sweetener for centuries. Recent data indicate that honey consumption may have beneficial effects upon glucose intolerance, a health issue currently affecting 57 million Americans of every age and ethnicity. In order to evaluate the glycemic effect of honey, we will compare its effect on blood with the effects caused by eating high corn fructose and sucrose.

This study is being supported by a grant from the National Honey Board.

Who is eligible for this study?

  • Men and women between 20-80 years of age.
  • Normal Glucose Tolerance Participants
    • Fingerstick fasting glucose between less than or equal to 105 milligram per deciliter
    • Normal body weight or overweight (BMI 18-29.9)
  • Impaired Glucose Tolerance Participants
    • Fingerstick fasting glucose between 106-125 milligram per deciliter
    • Overweight or obese (BMI 25 - 39.9)
  • Willingness to comply with the demands of the experimental protocol
  • Sedentary Lifestyle
  • Do not have diabetes mellitus or uncontrolled medical problem (including blood pressures of >160/110)
  • Do not take medications that affect glucose metabolism
  • Do not have or have had an eating disorder
  • Are not pregnant breast feeding

What is required of me for this study?

  • Eat provided honey, high fructose corn syrup, or sucrose for 2 weeks each separated by a 2 to 4 week period without any provided sugar
  • Six morning visits of 2.5 hours each for an oral glucose tolerance test

Will I get compensated for my time?

Upon completion of the six morning visits, you will get $200.

Who can I call about this study?

Applications are online at:

or call (701) 795-8396

or e-mail

Last Modified: 10/22/2014
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