Sugar, ah honey, honey
You are my candy girl
And you got me wanting you

When ‘The Archies’ sung this song, who knew it will be so relevant for people who are confused if they should use honey or sugar?

The market is full of sweeteners. Earlier there was sugar and corn syrup, then came artificial sweeteners and different varieties of sugar. The age-old honey has always been there and that is often used as a replacement for refined sugar. There’s a belief that honey is a better sweetener compared to sugar. Is it true or is it just a myth?

To begin with, honey has numerous health benefits (compared to sugar).

Both honey and sugar are high in carbohydrates and equally tasty. The difference is that sugar is 100% carbohydrates and honey, on the other hand, is 40% fructose and 30% glucose.

Honey has a low glycemic index, and therefore lesser sugar spike and easy on the digestive system. Unlike sugar, honey contains minerals, Vitamin C, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, calcium and Folate. Sugar is devoid of any nutrients. Thanks to the bees, honey contains digestive enzymes and probiotics that helps in digestion.

Honey has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties and helps to fight allergies. It is especially effective in the treatment of cold and cough as it draws water from the tissues and helps reduce swelling. Refine sugar, on the other hand, increases inflammation and makes the infection stay for longer. Honey is also known to help heal wounds and minor burns.

Both honey and sugar are sweeteners, but you need less of honey for an equal amount of sweetness.

Honey undergoes a lesser amount of processing and can be eaten raw. You, of course, need 100% pure honey like Nature’s Nectar that is export quality honey of international standards.

You can replace honey in most of the beverages and desserts where you otherwise use sugar. It can help you kick-start a healthier lifestyle and improved well-being.

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