Think about the types of sweeteners that you and your family consume. How many of them can you say are healthy to eat?
If you have young children, like we do, you undoubtedly look for ways to cut sugar out of their diet, as much as possible. Using raw honey can help you do this. Check out our recipe page to find out how to replace sugar with honey in just about any recipe. For some people, honey can be an acquired taste, but if you can make the switch, it has many health benefits.
An entire website could be dedicated to talking about the negative attributes of artificial sweeteners. For now, let's just focus on the differences between white granulated sugar and raw honey.
White granulated sugar is pure sucrose. It is made from sugar cane and sugar beets. Unless you buy organic sugar, these crops are treated with chemical fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides. They are then crushed, concentrated, bleached and stripped of all vitamins, minerals and flavors. When consumed the body must use previously stored B vitamins to help break down and digest the sucrose. The body must devote time and energy to use the sucrose which has no food value to return to the body.
Honey on the other hand is made by the honeybee from a sweet fluid produced inside of flowers. In its natural form, honey is a mixture of sugars primarily glucose and fructose. These sugars do not require any special digestive process before they can be utilized by the body. Glucose as found in honey is the energy source found and used naturally in the body. Raw honey contains the B vitamins, riboflavin, pantotheic acid, thiamin, nicotinic acid and pyridoxine. Small amounts of vitamin C are also found. The minerals found in honey include potassium, chlorine, sulfur, calcium, sodium phosphorous, magnesium, silica, silican, iron manganese, and copper. Along with these vitamins and minerals are acids and enzymes which help make raw honey a truly fortified food.
Bee good and make the switch to honey. Its amazing stuff!