Honey is often promoted as the healthy superfood from heaven. Restaurants promote shakes and drinks with honey on the healthier side of their menu. Honey is often marketed as a healthy alternative to sugar. It is because of its antioxidants, phenolic acids and flavonoids rich profile. But is it worthy enough to consume honey for weight loss?
To answer that question let us first understand what is honey?
Honey is approximately 80% sugar and no more than 18% water. A single tablespoon (21 grams) of honey typically has 64 calories and 17 grams of carbs with little to no fat, fiber, and protein.
So you see this is where the problem lies. 80% of the composition is sugar. This amount of sugar leads to a number of diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular problems, obesity, etc.
A BIG NO FOR DIABETICS
Despite the health benefits that may be associated with honey, it’s high in sugar. Honey is approximately 80% sugar and no more than 18% water. Honey is also high in sugar, which is digested rapidly. But it can cause your blood sugar levels to spike as well as insulin resulting in increased hunger. Thus, this is extremely dangerous for diabetic patients.
Now that we’re clear on why honey for weight loss is not the right choice, let’s bust a common myth you have regarding consumption.
𝗠𝘆𝘁𝗵 – 𝗕𝘂𝘁 𝗜 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗛𝗼𝗻𝗲𝘆 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗹𝘂𝗸𝗲𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗺 𝗹𝗲𝗺𝗼𝗻 𝘄𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽𝘀 𝗶𝗻 r𝗲𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗪𝗲𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁.
𝗥𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 – 𝗪𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝗶𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗹𝘂𝗸𝗲𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗺 𝗹𝗲𝗺𝗼𝗻 𝘄𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗱𝗼𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗸.
Honey is high in sugar and calories packing approximately 64 calories into a single tablespoon (21 grams). While this may not seem like much, even a few servings per day can cause the calories to stack up.
Over time, this could lead to weight gain especially if other dietary modifications are not made to account for these extra calories.
HONEY IN THE MARKETS IS NOT THE SAME AS NATURAL HONEY
Honey available in stores can be unhealthy, even more, unhealthy than sugar and sugar alternatives. It is not the same honey that bees put in their hives, as this honey is heated and processed in a factory. It’s heated so it can be preserved for a longer time (when heated high enough it can be preserved for a few thousand years). But when honey is heated, it loses most of its vitamins and minerals, destroying the sole purpose of choosing it over sugar.
NOT SUITABLE FOR KIDS UNDER THE AGE OF 1.
Raw honey carries harmful bacteria like Clostridium botulinum. This bacterium is particularly responsible for causing infection in babies less than a year old.
This bacterium is known to cause:
- Slow breathing,
- Sagging eyelids,
- Absence of gagging,
- Loss of head control,
- Paralysis that spreads downwards,
- Poor feeding,
- Lethargy and a weak cry.
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