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i recently replaced sugar in my oatmeal with honey thinking its more natural (though higher calorie value per serving)

i really know nothing about how much healthier honey is than granulated sugar, if at all healthier.

any thoughts or info would be much appreciated.

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It depends what type of honey you get...
raw honey comb has many health benefits (my grandpa had terrible hay fever all his life, but was suggested to try eating raw honey comb from a local farm, and it totally cleared him up) Some types of honey can have antiseptic effects on the body I believe. Manuka (sp?) honey apparently has particular health promoting properties.

Basically though, honey is just sugar and is still calorific. Maybe try adding some mashed up banana or raisens to your porridge instead for some sweetness that will also give you fibre and vitamins/minerals.

Original Post by dondons:

 

Basically though, honey is just sugar and is still calorific. Maybe try adding some mashed up banana or raisens to your porridge instead for some sweetness that will also give you fibre and vitamins/minerals.

 actualy, i already add banana and raisins (when we have raisins) to my oatmeal, i just drizzle a little honey and cinamon on the top for added flavor.

Honey is not more nutritious than sugar, but it has a stronger flavor, so I end up using less of it.

You're better off with honey because it hasn't been processed to death like regular white sugar. 

You should try agave nectar.  It's a sweet syrup you can find in the honey area of the market and it's got fewer calories than honey.  I've found that I don't 'crash' the same after using agave nectar in my tea or on cereal the way I tend to when I use honey.

Original Post by echoroc:

You're better off with honey because it hasn't been processed to death like regular white sugar. 

You should try agave nectar.  It's a sweet syrup you can find in the honey area of the market and it's got fewer calories than honey.  I've found that I don't 'crash' the same after using agave nectar in my tea or on cereal the way I tend to when I use honey.

 most deff gotta try that. i love trying new things, ty

I've seen conflicting articles on this topic.  Most, however, seem to favor honey.

http://www.disabled-world.com/artman/publish/ honey-sugar.shtml

 

Original Post by moonbay:

Original Post by echoroc:

You're better off with honey because it hasn't been processed to death like regular white sugar. 

You should try agave nectar.  It's a sweet syrup you can find in the honey area of the market and it's got fewer calories than honey.  I've found that I don't 'crash' the same after using agave nectar in my tea or on cereal the way I tend to when I use honey.

 most deff gotta try that. i love trying new things, ty

 or stevia... 0 calories, all natural, because it is just extracts from the stevia plant, and it's good for you too and helps keep blood sugar steady

but everything in moderation. Honey is better than sugar, as long as it is real honey and not honey 'sauce'

Original Post by carmenxox:

 or stevia... 0 calories, all natural, because it is just extracts from the stevia plant, and it's good for you too and helps keep blood sugar steady

but everything in moderation. Honey is better than sugar, as long as it is real honey and not honey 'sauce'

 yeah, i heard of stevia, but i firmly believe that nothing is too good to be true. i was going to wait awhile for more research to come out on stevia, it is still relatively new.

thanks for the suggestion though.

I agree with carmen, stevia is a much better alternative.  Honey is *better*, but it's still sugar, the body treats it as such... glycemic impact and all... but still the closer to nature the better when choosing honey.. and Stevia has been in use for more than 30 years... search wikipedia: stevia... it was banned in the us early 90's because they wanted it labeled a "supplement" .. what a farce those fda types... ; )

and about agave nectar, according to Dr. Jonny Bowden.. author the 150 healthiest foods on earth...  it is 

"the latest craze in "healthy" imposters: agave nectar syrup, has an even worse composition than high-fructose corn syrup!"

so I would be *very* carefull about using it and I would recommend you do your research. I would ; )  hope this helps!

Honey has a touch more nitritional value than sugar, but it's mostly just sugar in a less processed form.  They are both simple sugars, and should be used sparingly.  If you want a sweetener that is a complex carbohydrate, and thus breaks down slowly, try brown rice syrup or barley malt syrup.  They are just as sweet as honey, have that tad of nutritional value, and don't flood the bloodstream with sugar the way that simple sugars do.

And I agree with the Stevia advocates.  Stevia has been around for a long time.  In my opinion, the FDA didn't approve it as a food additive for a long time because there was no money backing it.  Now both Pepsi and Coke want to come out with Stevia sweetened drinks, and bingo, the FDA suddenly approves it as a food additive.  A bit fishy, isn't it.

i guess i may be guying myself some stevia... it just sounds to good to be true though...

i heard you can buy sweetener that is pulled out of fruit. has calories but it is natural, ill try to find an article on it.

You might be referring to Fructose. It the sugar from fruits....  go in any wine&beer making place... they have bags of it for pretty cheap money... a small fact that few people know  ; )

honey is great for relieving sore throats. I love honey I can sit down w. my little squeeze bear and a spoon and have a ball. lol Its deff not good since its pretty much pure sugar. It does taste so much better though. But ya its a great sore throat remedy, thats why people say drink tea with lots of honey when your sick. Doesnt it have vitamin c also?

Original Post by dedicatedforlife:

You might be referring to Fructose. It the sugar from fruits....  go in any wine&beer making place... they have bags of it for pretty cheap money... a small fact that few people know  ; )

 aw sweet! thanks, deff didn't know that. i had been wanting to get some for awhile now.

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