HONEY VS SUGAR: WHICH IS HEALTHIER FOR YOU?

Many of us grew up with the concept that eating anything sugary is  bad for your health, this misconception of course has changed as we have aged. We now know that excessive consumption of sugar is bad for your health (all of you that have a sweet tooth).

Honey on the other hand has been regarded as a healthier form of sugar since it’s “natural” hence many choose to consume in excess thinking that no side effects come from the excessive consumption of the natural sweetner. Which has led to a debate of whether honey is healthier than sugar. To put my curiousity to bed, I decided to do a little research on it and my findings are what I now share with you.

THEY ARE BOTH UNHEALTHY
There is a general misconception that honey is “healthier” than sugar. I beg to disagree. Although a spoonful of honey contains some minerals absent in table sugar and is actually sweeter than a spoonful of table sugar, it contains more calories and it can also lead to teeth decay, obesity and other sugar related diseases if not taken in moderation.

HONEY IS ACTUALLY STILL SUGAR
Despite the differences in the chemical composition of honey and sugar, it’s very important to note that the body still reacts to honey in the same way it does to sugar, both resulting in a spike in blood sugar, leading to production of more insulin. This eventually leads the body to store fat and gain weight.

CONTAIN SIMILAR CONTENT
Honey contains the same basic units as normal table sugar, as they both contain glucose and fructose. While in table sugar, the glucose and fructose are hooked together, in honey they stand as individual components. And since glucose converts to energy more efficiently than fructose, it is easier for table sugar to convert to fat than honey.

In conclusion, both sugar and honey are sweetners to whatever they are added to, as such a religious amount of moderation is necessary. Whichever you choose to opt for, remember not to take in excess.

 

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