An interesting fact
A teaspoon of honey contains 23 calories and 6g of sugar, compared with a teaspoon of sugar, which contains 16 calories and 4g of sugar – although honey is sweeter so you need to add less to get a sweet taste.
Is honey healthier than sugar ?
Honey provides some nutrients you don’t find in sugar, such as B Vitamins, but in very small amounts so you shouldn’t think of it as a “healthy” choice for this reason. Similarly, honey is a natural product but so is sugar, which is made by refining sugar beets and sugar cane, and “natural” isn’t always synonymous with healthy.
The suggested health benefits of consuming honey over refined sugar relate to its medicinal properties, which have been documented since ancient times. For example, it has been used for centuries as an effective remedy for wounds, burns and ulcers because of its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Is honey good for our health ?
Manuka and other honeys have also been shown to possess antimicrobial and antiviral properties which had led to the suggestion that they can boost the immune system and help to protect against common ailments such as colds and flu.
But studies in humans investigating many of the claimed health effects of honey are limited. Some studies have shown that honey can help alleviate sore throats and coughs, particularly among children, but there is little scientific evidence that honey will prevent colds or other respiratory infections or allergies.
Can honey help with seasonal allergies ?
Some people take honey in the belief it will build up tolerance to pollen and help with seasonal allergies, although again there is very little scientific evidence to support this.
So, honey or sugar with our meals ?
A little bit of honey won’t do you any harm, but you should remember that it provides added sugar and calories to your diet.
” Everything in moderation “
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