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Is honey better for you than sugar?

Nutritionists, scientists and researchers have widely debated whether one is better than the other, sugar or honey. The result hasn’t always been the same. Here are the reasons why we believe honey is undoubtedly a healthier alternative.

Glucose and fructose

The human body breaks down most foods into glucose and uses this to produce fuel. Some food is easier to break down than others. Carbohydrates, for example, take longer.

Sugar is made up of 50% glucose and 50% fructose – the sweetener found in fruit. It’s broken down quickly and creates a surge of blood glucose. Hence why eating something laden with sugar gives you a quick burst of energy. The danger here is that any glucose the body doesn’t use turns into calories, otherwise known as fat.

On the other hand, honey is around 31% glucose,38% fructose 17% water, 7% maltose, and small amounts of trisaccharides, vitamins, minerals, and other carbohydrates. This combination takes longer to break down than sugar, creating less instant blood glucose, resulting in fewer excess calories.

Honey contains more nutritional elements

Bees travel from plant to plant picking up pollen which then becomes honey. Along the way, they also collect trace elements of minerals, vitamins and enzymes. These can all provide us with additional health benefits when we consume honey. Honey has antioxidants, known as flavonoids, which can protect the body from oxidative damage. Honey also undergoes less processing than sugar and can be eaten raw, further boosting its nutritional capacity.

Taste and substance

Sugar is most commonly used in granulated or liquid form. Honey has a thick, stickier texture which makes it ideal as a spread on bread or toast. In the past, due to its consistency, it has been used as a salve for burns and to reduce coughs and sore throats.

Honey vs sugar

There you have it, based on its composition, added minerals, less processing, consistency and taste, honey is a healthier alternative to sugar. Papy’s organic raw honey is natural, unpasteurised, unfiltered, and free from additives, fillers, or other toxic substances. Why not order some online today?