Is honey better than sugar?
Processed sugar can be found in just about everything we eat and drink these days. It has proven to lead to serious health issues such as obesity, diabetes, and cancer. Manuka honey, native to New Zealand, is a tasty and healthy substitute for sugar. Rich in vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, and enzymes, manuka honey can easily be added to your daily routine.
Honey is a natural sugar substitute that will still satisfy your sweet tooth while simultaneously providing you with immune system supporting antioxidants to start your day. Kicking your processed sugar habit can be tough, and while understanding the health benefits of using manuka honey instead of sugar may help, it's the taste provided by the honey that will make this exercise a whole lot easier.
Let’s explore why.
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Why Honey is Better than Sugar
With research telling us that natural honeys contain antioxidants and exhibit various degree of biochemical activities which are attributable to its potency and value as a nutraceutical agent, it seems to us that it’s a great substitute for sugar.
At Steens, we ensure that our manuka honey retains all the vital properties such as bio-available bee bread, pollen and wax particles that support to your long-term health. Our honey is a natural sweetener with incredible versatility and will help add a rich flavor to your favorite recipes.
Raw honey acts as a natural supplement that can aid health issues such as infections, ulcers, and digestive problems. Manuka honey is a simple home remedy and is a handy supplement to always have on hand.
Manuka Honey vs. Regular Honey
Manuka honey has more effective health benefits that support the body than regular honey does.
All honey has peroxide activity that is antibacterial. Unfortunately, the peroxide activity is not heat-stable, so the antibacterial qualities are killed through pasteurization, the method used for processing traditional honey. So, most honey on our supermarket shelves has lost its antibacterial properties.
Manuka honey is unique in the fact that it contains a non-peroxide activity which makes it heat-stable. Manuka honey has also proven to have higher phenolic content, and it is these phytonutrients that are responsible for its antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidant activity.
Honey Compared to Other Sugar Alternatives
Sugar substitutes have been growing in popularity as studies continue to show that high levels of sugar consumption are harmful to your overall health. With diet-seekers constantly looking for the next best thing to replace sugar, manuka honey can be that healthy natural alternative.
In addition to the numerous healthy properties that manuka honey contains, it’s full of amazing, flavors and aromas, and its thixotropic consistency pairs so nicely with most recipes you have in mind.
Recipe Ideas for Using Honey Instead of Sugar
Honey is twice as sweet as sugar, so you only need half as much to sweeten up your taste buds. Steens Honey started nearly 40 years ago, and throughout that time we have used manuka honey as an alternative to sugar in just about every way imaginable.
Here are some simple ideas to spruce up your recipes with manuka honey!
Honey Instead of Sugar in Coffee, Tea, or Your Favorite Beverage
Want to add a little extra flavor to your morning cup of coffee? Try adding raw manuka honey as an alternative to sweeteners. Using raw honey as a substitute for sugar will complement that morning caffeine boost with some much-needed vitamins. Let it cool a little if you drink it black.
It’s amazing in smoothies and the fruit with the natural floral flavors in honey are so good!
Cookies Made with Honey Instead of Sugar
We absolutely love using raw honey in homemade cookies! It adds new texture and flavor and is incredibly easy to use instead of sugar. Check out our quick and healthy breakfast cookie recipes, they are super quick, healthy, and delicious.
We love honey and sugar doesn’t get a look'in.
Whatever we are baking, cooking or preparing that requires sugar, whether savoury or sweet we simply sub it with honey, keeping in mind that it is sweeter than sugar so you use less.
A slogan once said, "If you think staying healthy is expensive, try being sick." Making minor changes in your everyday life can make a big difference to your long-term wellness, and trust us, it is worth the investment. Doing your best to be proactive and keep on top of your health is much easier than trying to repair a tired, sick body. Substituting manuka honey for sugar is a simple and easy way to support your body positively.
Explore our Anytime Range manuka honey so you can start adding a healthy natural supplement to your everyday life today.
And download our free sugar to honey conversion guide for use in baking and cooking so you have it on hand to start your refined sugar free journey.
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