Sugar, Honey or Maple Syrup?

In most cases, we are overwhelmed with nutrition information and advice. One thing we can all agree on is that we need to limit the amount of sugar we are consuming. One way that many people have done this is by using a substitute for sugar. While this is an effective thing to do- the question arises as to what you should use. For me, I personally like to choose things that are made in nature, not in a lab. So what should we use- sugar, honey or maple syrup?

Our bodies break glucose down very quickly then use it for energy, but whatever isn’t used is stored as fat.

White sugar is about half fructose and half glucose. Our bodies break glucose down very quickly then use it for energy, but whatever isn’t used is stored as fat. This actually makes sense when you think of sugar highs and crashes. It also explains why we store so much fat when we consume more sugar- in most circumstances, we aren’t eating sugar and then going for exercise to use that glucose.

That brings us to honey- the kind of bees! Honey also primarily has fructose and glucose- but contains small amounts of other sugars, fibers, and flavonoids. This may explain why it tastes sweeter and you can typically use less. Due to the fact that honey has more fructose, it takes more work to break it down. This causes us to use more energy (burn calories) to convert it to an energy source. In conjunction with the small amounts of nutritional benefit- honey may be a slightly better choice than white sugar.

Not to mention maple syrup is considered to be lower glycemic than refined sugar and it contains potassium, zinc, Riboflavin, calcium, and manganese

Now we have maple syrup- 100% pure.  Because this is tapped from a tree it doesn’t usually get subjected to as much processing as other sugar types. Not to mention maple syrup is considered to be lower glycemic than refined sugar and it contains potassium, zinc, Riboflavin, calcium, and manganese. These conditions also may make maple syrup a good alternative to refined sugar. Regardless if you prefer maple syrup or honey- they are both good options to use as an alternative to sugar, but just like sugar, they should be used in moderation.

Just because something has a bit of an advantage to use doesn’t mean we should eat more or more frequently.

Written by: Melinda North

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