Honey; it's a sweetener that's been around since the time of cavemen, but recently it's barely been out of the news.
First there was the announcement that, after six decades of being called Sugar Puffs, the breakfast cereal will now be called Honey Monster Puffs - seemingly to get away from the negative connotation of the word 'sugar'.
Then came news that honey sales had overtaken jam for the first time in Waitrose supermarkets, a trend attributed to a perception that honey is healthier. Market research company Mintel estimates honey sales totalled a staggering £112 million last year.
Having written a book about quitting it, I am no fan of sugar. A diet rich in sugar wrecks our children's teeth, increases our waistlines and ruins our skin, it also alters our moods and even our sleep patterns.
It's commonly accepted that honey is better for us, but is that really the case? The short answer is because it is made of 55 per cent fructose (fruit sugar), eating honey is little more beneficial for our bodies than eating granulated sugar. And here's why.
HONEY IS STILL SUGAR
Refined table sugar (sucrose) is processed in our bodies by insulin, which is produced by the pancreas. Honey is about 55 per cent fructose, a fruit sugar that's processed by the liver. Despite the chemical difference, our bodies still react to honey in much same way as it reacts to refined sugar - with a blood-sugar spike.
This encourages the pancreas to produce insulin, which leads the body to store fat and gain weight. When eaten to excess, products containing fructose contribute to obesity, heart problems and liver disease, just like products with granulated sugar. Other research has shown fructose drains minerals from your body.
Source - Daily Mail