Almost every other person is guilty of having a sweet tooth. Hence, it is important to use a healthy sweetener to assuage our palette without causing harm to the body.
Honey and sugar are two of the most commonly used sweeteners. While both are rich in sucrose, there are primary differences which sets them apart.
Honey is often regarded as the more healthful option and with good reason.
The white sugar that is commonly used in households contains 50% fructose & 50% glucose.
In comparison, honey contains 40% fructose & 30% glucose with rest of the 30% made of water and important trace minerals such as magnesium (Mn) and potassium (K).
Magnesium plays a part in normal nerve and muscle function of the human body. The mineral is also helps in the maintenance of a healthy immune system. However, the most important aspect of magnesium is that it helps adjust blood glucose levels and plays a role in the production of energy and protein.
Potassium levels signal the overall functioning of the body. The ‘K’ mineral helps regulate fluid balance, muscle contractions and nerve signals. Thus, it protects against stroke or seizures. Finally, Potassium also helps maintain blood pressure.
These additional components or minerals provide the health benefits on consuming honey.
Honey is effective as an antimicrobial and for healing wounds through topical application.
Honey, when had with warm water can detoxify the body and give your metabolism a boost which will accelerate weight loss.
It is also recognized as a prebiotic food, meaning it can nurture the good bacteria living in your gut.
According to Ayurveda, this viscous liquid can also be used as a remedy for indigestion and ulcers. The Antibacterial properties of honey combats the Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacteria, which is responsible for stomach ulcers and thus helps maintain stomach and gut health.
Unlike white or processed sugar, honey can help prevent obesity, high triglycerides and cholesterol. It can also increase insulin sensitivity and lower blood sugar, which are extremely crucial in type 2 diabetes.
The glycemic index, or GI, indicates how fast and how much blood sugar levels will rise after eating food with carbohydrates.
The glycemic index of sugar, is 65 while that of honey is 61.
With such multitude of benefits, it is time you switched the sweetener for your tea to Honey. Don’t you think?
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