The dangers of refined white sugar are no secret. These dangers may have lead you to choosing a more natural option, like honey.
The bad news is that honey may not actually be a wiser choice! A recent study, funded in part by the National Honey Board (not some sugar company), and published in The Journal of Nutrition,
found that honey isn't really any better for you than table sugar or corn syrup.
Researchers from the USDA, the Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center, and the University of Minnesota had 55 participants consume daily doses of honey, sugar and high fructose corn syrup for two weeks. At the end of the two weeks, researchers compared the participants' blood sugar, insulin, body weight, cholesterol, and blood pressure readings.
They found that the impact was the same. No matter the sweetener used. Most markers were unchanged during the study which is more likely due to the short duration but triglyceride levels, blood fats that are a marker for heart disease, rose with all three.
Although this news may come as a surprise to you, it is old news to some. The American Heart Association is all over it already. On their website they say, “Added sugars include any sugars or caloric sweeteners that are added to foods or beverages during processing or preparation (such as putting sugar in your coffee or adding sugar to your cereal). Added sugars (or added sweeteners) can include natural sugars, such as white sugar, brown sugar, and honey, as well as other caloric sweeteners that are chemically manufactured (such as high-fructose corn syrup).”
Added sugars are most definitely something to avoid. They increase the risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes and there are some studies out there, like a 2012 rat study from UCLA, that suggests a high sugar diet can impair learning and memory by slowing down the brain. Not good.
At this point, the 'science jury' is still out on whether or not all forms of sugar are equally bad but the Mayo Clinic makes one thing clear, “there is no need for added fructose or any added sugars in the diet."
You don't have to give up sugar completely but it is time to stop thinking that there are forms of sugar you can consider 'healthy.'
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Source: Women's Health
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