I would personally choose honey over sugar. I don't consume either right now, but I tend to believe that however we came to be here on Earth, everything we need is easily available to us. So when choosing foods, I tend to ask myself would I be more likely to find honey or sugar, if I was wandering around?
Both would be rare, but I think we would find honey more often. If I want something sweet, I eat fruit. Nature's dessert. Those you find much more often. I think that we are meant to eat what is around us. Otherwise, we would have perished long ago.
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1/12/14 12:37 P
sugar is sugar, but honey has antioxidants and anti allergens.
Sugar is pretty much sugar, whatever form. That doesn't make it bad... but it has the same metabolic effect. We're not supposed to be eating "real" sugars, so my sweetener is sucralose. But I "cheat" now and then with honey, simply because I love the flavour and don't use much. Tea without honey just doesn't have the same appeal somehow! that's my own nonsense, though.
The honey I love is our local honey, usually with a small bit of the comb in the jar. I get it from the flea market. I have no idea how they've produced it - it looks "whole" and natural to me. I hope it is! Our Florida honey is wonderful. Wildflower, orange blossom, sometimes I can get tupelo... all of it yummy. But it goes to crystals for me all the time because I don't use it quickly enough. No big deal, I just set the bottle in a bowl of warm water, and the crystals dissolve.
I try to control myself with honey though. Sometimes successfully! LOL
Honey is sugar, plain and simple, so neither one is better for you if you're looking at it from the view of a sweetening agent alone.
I only personally prefer honey over cane sugar as it's certainly a whole lot less processed (or rather, not even processed at all - the brands I buy. I'm lucky enough to live some place where I can purchase honey from local farmers. PS - google "Hawaiian White Honey" - it's expensive, but holy cow is it GOOD. It's got great floral undertones to it. It's thick and creamy, too - spread it like butter.)
I like the flavor of honey better overall as well.
About the only time I don't use honey is in baking recipes that call for granulated sugar. I'm wary of altering the chemical reactions in baked goods by using honey instead of sugar.
You may actually find you use less honey than you would cane sugar, too. I personally find honey tastes a lot sweeter than cane sugar.
"all of the trace proteins and nutrients in honey are destroyed by the pasturization process"
This is a common misconception about honey. The difference between "raw" honey and regular filtered honey is actually very tiny. Regular honey is heated just enough to make it flow. If you leave the jar of "raw" honey in your car while you run another errand on the way home, you will have heated it just as much as the usual commercial brands are heated. It's definitely NOT enough to denature proteins or destroy most nutrients.
What is very important, though, is to make sure you buy U.S. honey. Imported honey is often counterfeit-- it's just colored corn syrup. This tells you a lot about the nutritional value of honey; chemically it's almost identical to high fructose corn syrup, which is why it's hard to catch counterfeiters. You actually have to be careful about small local producers, too. A lot of farmer's market honey is cut with corn syrup to extend it and also to make it look more attractive in the jar/bottle. If you don't know the producer, it might be better to buy from a larger American company that has more to lose if it gets caught.
How about sweetening your Cheerios with sliced strawberries? Blueberries?
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4/22/13 10:25 A
Depends on your definition of honey. If you're buying the stuff that's been pasturized, you might as well buy sugar syrup since all of the trace proteins and nutrients in honey are destroyed by the pasturization process. Like the PP said, labelling food as 'good' or 'bad' isn't helpful, but if you like honey, buy *real* honey.
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9,717 4/22/13 9:07 A
At the end of the day, it's about the same. Honey does have some trace nutrients that sugar doesn't, and can be helpful if you have allergies and are using local honey, but it's not a matter of "good" or "bad" - you can enjoy a little honey in your cheerios if you enjoy it as long as you're not going overboard, track it, and stay in your ranges.
Remember that labeling food as "good" or "bad" isn't very helpful for your overall success; it sets up a bad-food attitude that can backfire later!
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1,455 4/22/13 9:02 A
I was just kinda curios if honey is good for you? is it better for you than sugar? I like to put honey on my cheerios to sweeten up alitle but I didn't want to keep using it if it wasn't good for me? thanks melanie