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DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (58,001)
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2/3/14 2:02 P

Honey is sugar. No more, no less. It does have some trace minerals, and there's nothign wrong with it in moderation, but I would not count on it having magic powers of health boosting. Track it, be easy with it, but don't expect miracles. I like it in some teas, and always buy local (the stuff in the grocery store can barely be called honey. Seriously.) but it's still sugar.

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (7,778)
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2/3/14 1:01 P

Pure, organic, unpasteurized honey may be good when applied to the skin. I will stick to stevia for sweetening.

LEC358 SparkPoints: (10,148)
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2/3/14 11:17 A

It's important to note that all of the properties of honey mentioned on this thread are for raw honey (honey that hasn't been heated/pasturized). Once honey has been pasturized, the proteins that give it antibiotic properties and allergen benefits break down and the honey becomes little more than sugar syrup.

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
2/2/14 2:16 P

I know this about honey - ancient Greeks and Egyptians used it for wound care - bacteria does not grow in honey.

It's better to use honey on wounds than neosporin. ezinearticles.com/?Honey-For-Wound-Healing
&id=2530711


Sorry, this has absolutely nothing to do with drinking honey ;)

NIRERIN Posts: 12,228
2/2/14 8:37 A

the only health benefit i know of is using local honey to help with your allergies.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 1,978
2/2/14 7:36 A

I agree with the previous poster....sugar can lead to high cholesterol and other things...go for the honey to sweeten.

Honey also helps reduce inflammation...you can spread it on hot toast too! Some honeys have a low hypoglycemic index, so they don’t surge your blood sugar and some possess large amounts of friendly bacteria........lactobacilli and bifidobacteria.


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2/2/14 7:22 A

Not only does honey fight bacteria, it's a natural carb. Being pre diabetic, myself, I found out that honey contains fructose and glucose which can actually help the body regulate blood sugar levels. Honey is absorbed at a more gradual rate into the body than sugar and sugar can cause blood glucose levels to spike and for me that can lead to eating more. I say enjoy the honey!!!!!

CALLMECARRIE Posts: 1,598
2/1/14 12:48 P

Here's a good Spark article about honey.

It's better than having sugar in your coffee. If you like it, there's no reason you shouldn't enjoy it in small amounts.

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=857


FRANCESG53 Posts: 26
2/1/14 9:44 A

Personally I don't like the taste of honey in combination with tea (I don't drink coffee so can't comment on that combination), but I like honey in general. It actually has antioxidants in it as well as anti-bacterial properties so it is quite good for you that way. It's better for you than refined sugar for sure, although it has higher calories per tsp than refined sugar (16 for sugar vs 22 for honey i think)', but your body processes honey into fat less quickly than sugar

Edited by: FRANCESG53 at: 2/1/2014 (09:47)
KANDMWILSON2000 SparkPoints: (1,068)
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2/1/14 8:42 A

Does anyone put honey in there coffee or tea? What are the health benefits of using honey?

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