If you are trying to reduce your intake of refined sugar, honey is one alternative – but not necessarily a healthier one. However, honey does have some health benefits over sugar, as it:
- Is sweeter than refined sugar, so you can use less.
- Has a higher proportion of fructose, which doesn’t stress the pancreas as much as sucrose.
- Has a slightly lower glycemic load than table sugar.
- Contains trace enzymes; minerals, including calcium, magnesium and potassium; amino acids; and vitamins, including a wide range of B vitamins such as riboflavin, pantothenic acid, niacin, thiamin and pyridoxine.
So is honey healthier? Yes it is because of all the vitamins and minerals. When it comes to dieting and weight loss replacing honey for sugar can be one of the many little things that will help you. If you make a habit out of them that is.
Let’s say you drink lots of tea or coffee and you decide to put honey in your hot beverages instead of sugar it will make a difference. (trust me it takes only a few cups to get used to the taste of honey in coffee) Especially if you combine this change with other adjustments in your lifestyle. Click here for more weight loss tips.
Raw honey may even help promote wound healing – research indicates it can be an excellent first aid measure for burns, even very severe ones. (Don’t treat a serious wound with the honey you get at the supermarket or health food store – you need a medicinal honey and someone with expertise to treat you.) Read more of this post by Dr. Weil.