Always honey… Never sugar!
The average American consumes about 150 pounds of sweeteners each year. One of the most basic changes you can make to your diet and day to day life is to eliminate sugar! Read the ingredient list of whats in your cupboard and try to find a product that doesn’t contain at least some sugar (AKA Glucose, Fructose, Cane Sugar)… It is safe to say many products we love contain high levels of sugar…. Sugar gives treats and dishes that sweet taste we come to love and satisfy our “sweet tooth”. However, if we could just substitute honey in place of store bought sugar your body would thank you! Here’s why.
Sugar by virtue contains no nutritional value. Common table sugar is derived from sugar cane subjected to various manufacturing processes to remove all nutritional value and add chemicals to allow it to crystallize. Honey contains a plethora of nutritional benefits.
Chemical Composition of honey
Invert sugars 73.31 %
Sucrose (cane-sugar) 2.63 %
Dextrin 2.89 %
Nitrogen substances 1.08 %
Water 18.96 %
Ash 0.24 %
Vitamins and Minerals Found in Honey
Vitamins: B6, Thiamin, niacin, riboflavir, panthothenic acid, amino acids
Minerals: Calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc
Common table sugar when consumed needs to undergo a series of digestive steps in order for our bodies to process it. Invertase along with amylase and catalase are secreted by the body to break down sugar into fructose and glucose. A situation while normal for our body can be greatly compromised and strained with conditions such as IBS, Crohns, Ulcerative colitis, etc. Honey is pre-digested by worker bee’s using these enzymes to such a degree that honey naturally contains levels of the mentioned enzymes. This not only reduces stress on our digestive tract but makes honey a healthy option for those with any kind of digestive upset.
- Antibacterial/Antifungal (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11534343)
- Antiviral properties (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15278008)
- Weight loss
- Skin Care
- Wound Healing