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.
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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.
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 donít surge your blood sugar and some possess large amounts of friendly bacteria........lactobacilli and bifidobacteria.
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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!!!!!
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
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