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Honey isn’t as healthy as we think.

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Son of a bee!

What's the main argument against honey?

"The researchers gave subjects daily doses of each of three sweeteners - honey, cane sugar and high-fructose corn sweetener - for two weeks at a time. They then compared measures of blood sugar, insulin, body weight, cholesterol and blood pressure in the 55 subjects.

The researchers found that the three sweeteners basically have the same impacts. Most measures were unchanged by the sweeteners. One measure of a key blood fat, a marker for heart disease, rose with all three."

According to this study, with what is provided for the article, I'm concluding the "key blood fat, a marker for heart disease" referred to is cholesterol. Patients with high blood cholesterol run a higher risk of having Coronary Heart Disease or as we call it, Coronary Artery Disease. 

Coronary heart disease occurs when plaque builds up in the coronary arteries (atherosclerosis). Plaque is made up of cholesterol, fat, calcium and other substances. Without knowing any of the variables of the study, the reader could link honey consumption to a rise in cholesterol. 

Thank you.   :)

Honey does make an excellent face wash, however.

I have heard that it does! I should try it. :)

So basically the sugar in honey is just sugar, with all the minuses that come with being sugar?

"Honey and HFCS are composed mainly of fructose and glucose; cane sugar  is sucrose, a compound of fructose and glucose."

This is exactly what is said. Plus or minus a molecule. 

Then that is exactly right: Honey is sugar, with all of the costs associated with sugar.

The key: moderation.  You can't substitute a crazy sweet tooth with honey.  I choose honey and maple when I am using a sweetener generally, and occasionally a bit of non-processed sugar in my morning coffee.  But the key is to get used to use the natural sweetener in foods--you get used to that level rather than needing to dump sugar or honey in. 

Dawn, that's good advice. 

Sweetness is addictive so the key is to use it sparingly.

Unlike other sugars which always, unless flavored, taste the same, honey's flavor is nectar dependent on the source and has Bee Vitamins too. Stop sales and distribution of neo-nicotonoid pesticides or you won't have non-GMO fruit of anything soon.

thanks Thomas, I looked up the Bee vitamins in honey:

The vitamins present in honey are B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and certain amino acids. The minerals found in honey include calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc.

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