Question: Is Honey really a VERY HEALTHY alternative to Sugar?
Answer: A near -- unanimous "NO!!" from almost all health and nutrition experts. We have a number of them here,:
But, first, the Good Honey News!!
.* ." ...Honey, in its RAW FORM, is a blend of sugar, trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and amino acids that has antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti inflammatory, anti - allergic, and antioxidant properties....This blend of sugar, trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and amino acids is quite UNLIKE ANY OTHER SWEETENER on the planet!
* Honey works as well as dextromethorphan, a common ingredient in over-the-counter cough medications, to soothe cough and related sleeping difficulties.
* Unprocessed honey can help treat skin infections, helps wounds heal and improve dandruff and itchy scalp... ." -- Dr. Joseph Mercola,MD.
I. Now. the Bad News!!, Still from Dr. Joseph Mercola,MD:
" * Honey has many healthy attributes, but it is also high in fructose, averaging around 53 percent. Its fructose to glucose ratio is similar to that of high fructose corn syrup, with about 38% fructose and 31% glucose (the rest being primarily water)
* Each teaspoon of honey has nearly four grams of fructose, which means it can exacerbate pre-existing insulin resistance and wreak havoc on your body if consumed in excess.
* So when consuming honey, carefully add the total grams of fructose (including fruits) that you consume each day, and stay below 25 grams of total fructose per day.
* Keep in mind, though, that if you have insulin resistance (i.e. if you are taking drugs for high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, or if you're overweight) you'd be better off AVOIDING ALL SWEETENERS, including honey, since any sweetener can decrease your insulin sensitivity and worsen your insulin resistance..."
That's from Dr Mercola,MD.
II. Secondly, see these excerpts from " Can people with type 2 diabetes eat honey?" by Lana Barhum & Dr Natalie Butler, RD, LD:
* ..Honey, is a condensed source of carbohydrates. One tablespoon of honey contains at least 17 g of carbohydrates.( while sugar rates a lower value of ...g)
* ...Honey is sweeter than sugar, making it easy to use less( but, is it used " less"?)
* One tablespoon of honey has about 64 calories, while one tablespoon of sugar is just 49 calories.
* While the calorie amounts in each teaspoon appear high, honey is very sweet, so most people only use between one and two teaspoons at a time( easier said than done!!)
* The reason honey is higher in calories than sugar is that it is much denser and heavier.
III. And, Excerpts No 3.
Still appealing for extreme caution on Honey - consumption is Dr. Jonny Bowden. Speaking through his great book, "The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth", he let it be emphasised that, :
"...Honey is still sugar,... When honey breaks down in your body, its two simple sugars behave differently. Nearly every cell can use glucose, which raises your blood sugar and signals your hormone insulin to either deliver that glucose to cells as an energy source or to store as glycogen or fat.
... excessive fructose amounts can create numerous problems including insulin resistance, high triglycerides, accumulating belly fat (increasing your risk for Type 2 diabetes), and non-alcoholic, fatty-liver disease.
...Simply put, honey becomes one of those dose-dependent foods: What can benefit you in very small amounts can become a boon when you consume larger quantities.."
IV. And, yet another, MAURA SHENKER, of LIVESTRONG.COM adds a chip here..
Writing on "Honey & Insulin Spike" on OCT. 03, 2017, she pointed out:
* .."..Eating any type of simple carbohydrate, including sugars such as cane syrup and honey, will cause a spike in glucose and insulin. The more sugars you eat, the faster and higher your blood sugar and insulin will go. There is no advantage to substituting honey for sugar in a diabetes eating plan since both honey and sugar affect your blood sugar and insulin levels.
* There are many kinds of sugar; they may taste and look differently, but they affect your body the same way. It doesn't matter if it's a "natural" sugar such as fructose, lactose or galactose, or a manufactured sugar like high fructose corn syrup and ethyl maltol...
* Honey, Glucose and Insulin
When you eat honey, your body can quickly convert it to glucose. Quick production of glucose results in a spike in blood sugar. Your pancreas responds to this spike by flooding your bloodstream with insulin to move glucose into your cells for use as energy. The faster your pancreas releases insulin, the more likely it is to release too much insulin, which could lead to excess insulin and hypoglycemia(Insulin Resistance)
* Use sugars such as honey very sparingly, and try to eat them with foods that slow digestion, such as fiber, fat and protein. Slowing the digestive process will slow the conversion of honey into glucose.
* Honey and Diabetes
Per teaspoon, honey has more carbohydrates and more calories than white sugar. If you have diabetes, you want to choose carbohydrates that have a minimal impact on blood sugar."
V. Finally, the last expert shrieking against even ANY honey use AT ALL is Dr Mark Hyman, MD. Speaking via a recent piece he titled "If I Can’t Use Sugar, Can I Use Honey?", he started by posing a question "..., can you use honey in tea and coffee, instead of sugar?”
And, his answer: "...The facts are in, the science is beyond question...Sugar in all its forms is the root cause of our obesity epidemic and most of the chronic disease sucking the life out of our citizens and our economy — and, increasingly, the rest of the world. You name it, it’s caused by sugar:: HEART DISEASE, CANCER, DEMENTIA, TYPE 2 DIABETES, DEPRESSION. AND, EVEN, ACNE!, INFERTILITY & IMPOTENCE!!
....There are so many different kinds of sugars – honey, maple syrup, agave, cane sugar, etc. And while there are some small differences among these sugars, for the most part, sugar is sugar is sugar. It can all wreak havoc on your health.
...I recommend doing a diet overhaul and taking out ALL FORMS OF SUGAR from your diet ...,"!!
Editor"s End -Note: I have been avoiding ALL FORMS of added sweeteners - natural, artificial!, in drinks or otherwise - for some three(3) years now.
The Result: At 67 years now, I am stronger than I was 30 years ago. No more pains, "malaria", " Typhoid", "Staph", sleep loss,etc.. Even, my once balding head has now virtually regrown, while I no longer use hair dye!!. The accompanying photo was snapped on my 67 the birthday last month(on 23/5/18!!).