Honey vs Sugar! Why Is Sugar Bad For You? Is Honey Better?
Do you also enjoy indulging your sweet tooth just a tééééénsy bit during the day? But, are you also bombarded with information about how really, terribly BAD sugar is for you? Not to mention being blasted with news about the horrendous stuff hiding in commonly used artificial sweeteners!
And... is honey really better than sugar or is this just a myth?
Well, that is exactly where I found myself recently... smack-dab in the whole honey vs sugar debate. So, I decided to do some research, in order to be able to answer all your questions right here.
Just take a look at these scary sugar stats...
7 Easy tips for reducing your sugar intake
- The average person consumes between 20 and 30 teaspoons of added sugar every single day!
- These add up to between 7,300 and 10,950 teaspoons sugar per person per year!
- That equals 32 to 43 kilograms of sugar per person per year!
- Which is a staggering 120 000 to 170 000 calories per person per year from added sugar alone!!!
Yikes! No wonder that obesity has become such a scourge, even in our children!
So, here is what you will get from this page...
- Why is sugar bad for you? 9 Reasons to reduce sugar intake
- 17 Hidden sugars you may be unaware of
- 7 Reasons NOT to replace sugar with artificial sweeteners
- 7 Easy tips for reducing your sugar intake (including my Honey-Applesauce recipe!)
- Honey vs sugar - is honey better than sugar?
- Which has more calories - sugar or honey?
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Why Is Sugar Bad For You? 9 Reasons To Reduce Sugar Intake
In a recent report the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee highlighted sugar intake as one of our major health concerns.
It is becoming clear that the added sugar in our diets may very well be a far greater health threat than the fats and cholesterol we have been warned about for ages.
Let's look at 9 reasons to make sugar a no-no...
- Contains totally empty calories
- Leads to nasty blood sugar spikes
- These in turn causes insulin surges
- Boosts pure fat gain
- Just makes you more HUNGRY!
- Creates high levels of inflammation in your body
- Significantly speeds up the ageing process
- Believed to lead to atherosclerosis and resultant high blood pressure
- Can affect your brain, including your memory
17 Hidden Sugars You May Be Unaware Of
It is absolutely crucial to learn to be vigilant as a consumer. Put on our 'sugar sleuth' hat and go through your kitchen, checking food labels. You may be surprised to see all the different guises under which sugar is hidden there. These are just a few of the almost 100 names used for various forms of sugar...
- Invert sugar
- Corn syrup
- High fructose corn syrup
- Cane crystals
- Hydrolyzed starch
- Malt syrup
- Corn sweetener
- Fruit juice concentrate
7 Reasons NOT To Replace Sugar With Artificial Sweeteners
(including saccharin, sucralose, aspartame and acesulfame K)
How about switching to artificial sweeteners to reduce sugar intake?
Nope, not a healthy idea, folks! Over the long term artificial sweeteners bring with them a whole set of health issues of their own. They can be really toxic for your body. Here is a list of 7 of the reasons to steer clear of these...
- Can contribute to binging
- May increase cravings for sweet things
- Are likely to stimulate your appetite, leading to a higher calorie intake
- Studies show that diet soft drinks actually INCREASE weight gain!
- Can trigger 'sweet receptors' in your stomach, leading to an insulin surge
- Some of these have been linked to migraines, various cancers, a variety of mood disorders, diabetes, brain issues such as memory loss, as well as uncontrolled weight gain
- Can slow down your metabolism - the last thing you want to happen
Remember, this is not only about the artificial sweetener packs you open at home! If you have any 'diet' drinks, 'reduced-sugar' items, 'lite' ice-cream or yogurt or dressings, or any of a variety of low-carbohydrate products, you are quietly upping your intake of all sorts of nasty chemicals without even realizing it.
7 Easy Tips For Reducing Your Sugar Intake
Remember that you may really crave sugar when you start out, as it basically is an addiction. Change is hard for all of us. But, stick with it! Take little steps each day, and soon you won't even miss it! It is all about 'training' your taste buds in a different way. You can do it! And I am with you in this!
Tip 1. Avoid Processed Foods
Beware of any processed foods, even if they sound healthy. They can be laden with hidden sugars (or artificial sweeteners). Be careful of...
- Energy drinks
- Fruit juices
- Diet drinks
- Cereal bars
- Bottled salad dressings
- Cans of soup
- Ready-made salads
- Baked goods, even plain buns
Rather prepare your own marinades, sauces, soups and salad dressings, so that you are in control of the sugar content.
Tip 2. 'Dilute' Sugar Content At First
You can easily 'dilute' the sugar of common items. For instance, don't drink 'neat' fruit juice, but add some water and stir.
When I started to do this, I was still eating sweetened yogurts. I gradually reduced the sweetened yogurt by mixing in more and more plain Greek yogurt. Now I simply love plain yogurt! In fact, I now dislike sweetened yogurt! It is easy to enhance the flavor by adding some fresh fruit or vanilla. Great taste, without any of the sugar.
Tip 3. Refuse To Buy Sodas
Simply make all sodas a firm no-no in your home. This goes for diet sodas too. Just read the labels and decide if you really want or need to put all that nasty stuff in your body!:-) Many 'healthy' energy drinks are also loaded with sugar. Check those labels.
We have not purchased one single bottle or can of soda in years and years. And I don't miss it at all. I drink lots of water, rooibos tea and other herbal teas and of course my veggie juice.
Tip 4. Homemade Applesauce
Learn to use homemade applesauce when baking. This can easily replace much of the sugar and/or fat in recipes. And it gives a superb taste!
4-6 Medium apples, washed, cored and peeled (not too tart)
Rika's Special Honey-Applesauce
3/4 Cup water or cloudy apple juice (made with your juicer)
1/4 Cup honey
1 to 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Pinch of salt
Optional: 1 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
- Slice apples
- Combine the ingredients in a saucepan over low to medium heat
- Let the mixture come to a slow simmer, stirring often
- More water can be added if you prefer
- Cook for about 20 or 25 minutes, until the apples are nice and soft
- Stir in the honey when almost done
- Let cool for a few minutes
- Mash to the desired texture
- Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days
Quantity: Up to 2 cups sauce, depending on the size of the apples
Tip 5. Better breakfasts
If you don't do banting and still eat cereals for breakfast, try to replace these with old-fashioned steel-cut oats. This will put a significant dent in your daily sugar intake! For some sweetness, you can always add diced fruit and honey.
Tip 6. Take Your Craving For A Walk
It is a given that there will be sugar cravings at first. When they do come, try to divert your attention. Go for a long walk with the dog, brush your teeth so that you have a nice, fresh taste in your mouth, or drink some ice water with lemon or a veggie juice.
Tip 7. My Favorite Sweet Snacks
These are two of my favorite go-to sweet snacks when the sugar habit beckons. Freeze some grapes and enjoy these 'sweets' when the craving hits. Alternatively enjoy a small portion of raisins. The craving WILL pass!
Remember that you can sweeten your veggie juices with shredded coconut. In smoothies you can use bananas and dates for healthy added sweetness, as well as coconut milk, coconut water or a bit of coconut sugar.
Honey vs Sugar - Is Honey Better Than Sugar?
Honey vs sugar! Discover why honey is better for you!
You bet! In fact, Hippocrates (the father of medicine) used this "liquid gold" to tackle health issues such as dehydration, fevers and pain!
The health benefits of honey has become clear from countless studies by trusted researchers from all over the world. That honey is better than sugar isn't based on myth. And it is by no means to be seen as just another folk remedy!
The thing is, consumed in moderation, sugar is a helpful source of energy. Your body actually really needs it! But, you need to get it from the right sources! These include fruits, vegetables... and pure honey.
You see, regular sugar doesn't add anything to your nutrition and leads to tremendous blood sugar spikes and crashes. Using sugar is like putting your body on a never-ending roller coaster ride!
In contrast, honey - used in moderation - has three critical healing effects:
Research has shown that honey provides valuable support to your immune system. It can help to banish 'bad guys' such as bacteria. Added to this, honey helps to build healthy cells.
And then the biggie! Your body doesn't respond to honey in the way it responds to sugar! Your body burns honey in a totally differently way! The nutrients in honey help to regulate how your body makes use of this type of sugar. In a sense increasing your body's sugar competency!
There has even been studies showing that small amounts of honey could be a helpful sugar substitute if you have a glucose intolerance (if this is your situation, check with your doctor first, though).
Plus, a bonus! Honey can help to give your metabolism a welcome kick in the pants, revving up the burning away of unwelcome fat around your waist and thighs.
Which Has More Calories - Sugar Or Honey?
Honey actually has 22 calories per teaspoon, whereas sugar comes in at 16 calories per teaspoon. But... honey is a whole lot sweeter than sugar, so you will use about 50% less honey to get the same sweet taste.
Where you would have been using 2 teaspoons of sugar, you can probably get by with only 1 teaspoon of honey, saving at least 10 calories. In addition, you won't experience the same blood sugar spike and insulin surge you would have gone through with sugar.
Now, my colleague Dr. Joshua Levitt is so convinced of the goodness in honey, that he actually prescribes this 'healing superfood' to the patients he is caring for at his Connecticut clinic.
He has dug into quality studies by trusted researchers to get to the truth about the surprising health benefits of honey, compared to sugar. You now get to see the eye-opening results of his comprehensive study, including 5 more reasons to eat honey every day. Click below right now to read why he always chooses honey...
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