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Is Honey A Healthy Sugar Substitute?

We already know that sugar consumed in excess amounts is bad for our health, but not all of us know exactly how to provide our taste buds with that sweet taste we crave without simply throwing the towel in and caving into our desires by cramming cookies and candy into our mouths.

While the absolute best thing to do in an ideal world in order to curb the amount of sugar that we consume on a daily basis is to simply cut out sugary foods completely, it may be very difficult to do this, for various reasons that range from the financial to the psychological and event he physiological as well. While simply cutting out sugar cold turkey is very rarely a good, safe, or even a healthy idea, there is good news to be had about cutting back on sugar consumption.

Fortunately, there are ways to wean the body and the taste buds off of artificial sweeteners and refined sugars, including incorporating more natural sources of sweetness into our diets. Honey in particular has long been considered one of the healthier and more nutritious alternatives to refined sugar. However, there has also recently been some speculation as to whether honey is really as healthy as it seems, or if it may not be so good for the bodyafter all. I wanted to get down to the bottom of these claims, so I began to do some research and reading. That is how I came across a post by Care 2 that does a great job breaking down the differences between honey and refined sugar, and helped me understand once and for all what the better option is between the two. Here is what I learned from the post. 

When you get right down to it, studies have shown that while refined sugar offers absolutely no nutritional value to the body, honey in fact does offer many nutrients. Honey is particularly praised in the health community for its antioxidants. What's more is that honey consists largely of water, which makes it contain less sugar and less calories than pure sugar. Still, studies have also shown that honey has a similar effect to sugar in terms of raising blood sugar levels rapidly, which can lead to more serious complications including obesity and diabetes. In the end, it is best to moderate the sweetness in your diet as much as possible; if you do need a sweetener, opt for raw honey instead of a sugar packet or two.

Used under Creative Commons Licensing courtesy of Pat (Cletch) Williams

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