In a short answer: no.  It is slightly sweeter, so you may use less and save a few calories that way – but otherwise your body reacts pretty much the same way to honey as it does to sugar. Your blood sugar rises and extra calories (those you don’t use up) get stored as fat. Honey engages your sweet tooth, making you crave sweet foods. Honey may offer a few trace nutrients – but you’d have to consume cup loads of it to make these nutrients have any significant impact on your daily intake. Darker honey has more nutrients, but again, it is a negligible amount. Honey is natural, but so is plain old sugar. Most commercial honey is just as processed as table sugar. It is also pasteurized, which destroys much of the trace nutrients. Raw, local honey is your best honey option, but consume it in moderation. You can use a ¾ cup of honey to replace 1 cup of sugar in recipes – but you should also reduce the liquid by ½ cup for each cup of honey you add.

Many honey advocates may argue with me. I respect that. The point is, Americans eat too much sugar and if you are trying to reduce it — honey should be on the list too.

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  1. Ty on 19 Oct 2011

    Bummer…I thought I was being good by using honey in my oatmeal instead of sugar. Thanks for the info


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