Is Honey Healthier Than Sugar?
𝐈𝐬 𝐡𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐲 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐠𝐥𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐞𝐝 𝐬𝐮𝐠𝐚𝐫?
A lot of people think of honey as a “𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘭” source of sugar that is healthier than other forms like table sugar (sucrose) and high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). It does indeed have a ton of bioactive molecules that have been associated with health benefits, but you’d need to eat 50–80 grams of sugar to get a meaningful dose. Even then, is the added sugar in your diet worth it?
At least one study has compared honey to both table sugar and HFCS by having people add 50 grams of sugar from one of these sources to their diet for 2 weeks each. 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐚𝐫 𝐝𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐜 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡, 𝐬𝐮𝐠𝐠𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐡𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐠𝐥𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐞𝐝 𝐬𝐮𝐠𝐚𝐫.
That being said, there is some evidence that applying Manuka honey to wounds can help speed the healing process by providing a barrier to the environment and through providing 𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘪-𝘮𝘪𝘤𝘳𝘰𝘣𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘱𝘦𝘱𝘵𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘴 to the wound area. But that’s topical application, not dietary ingestion.
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