Answers To The Honey Vs Sugar Debate
Alright…today’s blog post on Honey vs Sugar is going to be quick. It’s based on answers to a few questions I received from readers regarding my last post on artificial sweetener side effects.
A few of you were surprised I recommended honey to sweeten your food. And I can’t argue with a lot of your points…
- Yes, honey is high in sugar
- Yes, honey is a calorie dense food (meaning a small serving contains a lot of calories) and can cause you to store fat if it puts you in a calorie surplus.
But…But…and one last but…
- The sugar contained in honey is NATURAL and not refined.
- The calories in honey DO provide nutritional benefits such as antioxidants and healthy enzymes. Therefore, it’s not an empty calorie food like refined sugar. Remember refined sugar adds calories but provide no, zilch, nada, zero nutritional benefits. To much refined sugar may actually remove nutrients from the body in order to process it. So it’s a double whammy!
- Lastly, a few studies are popping up that consuming honey may actually help you process sugar more efficiently (where refined sugar does the opposite).
Honey vs Sugar Debate – But Don’t Just Choose Any Type Of Honey…
Before you go out and stock up on honey… as always, I want you to choose the highest quality type of honey…Raw Honey. As with most foods, the processing of the honey can actually kill a lot of the healthy antioxidants and enzymes in it. So next time you’re in your grocery store, look for Raw Honey. If they don’t carry it, check you local health store or simply order it online from my good friends at…
US Wellness Meats (go to “Condiments” on the side navigation)
But remember, if you really want to keep your blood sugar and insulin levels stable (which will help you reduce fat and inflammation), you should try to avoid sweeteners and learn to enjoy the natural taste of whole foods.
If you’re not quite there yet and you need to sweeten your tea or food, please use raw honey (natural), 100% pure maple syrup (not Aunt Jamima) or Stevia, and avoid refined sugar/artificial sweeteners (unnatural).
In fact, raw honey and 100% pure organic maple syrup are two carb sources I use regularly in my post workout protein shakes. I share a couple of my all-time favorite recipes for muscle building and fat burning post-workout shakes in my Kindle E-book, How To Lose Fat And Build Lean Muscle. It’s a direct download and only $2.99 (it also works on ipads, iphones, with the free kindle app).
However if you don’t want to pick up my Kindle E-book, and just want a quick ALL-IN-ONE post-workout solution, check out Prograde Workout from my friends at Prograde Nutrition. This powder contains the proper ratio of carbs to protein so you just need to add water and you’re good to start building lean muscle and losing fat. No more blender required!
Comment Below and let me know your thoughts on the honey vs sugar debate.
Honey vs sugar – what sweetener do you prefer?