So happened that honey is a good healthy alternative to sugar. But recent research by the British organization Action on Suga had shattered this stereotype.
Experts analyzed the honey and other sweeteners used by consumers as a replacement for sugar and concluded that honey is not so “magical.”
They tested more than 200 foods from British supermarkets – honey, sugar, and syrups, which are served to the consumer as natural and healthy. As a result, the researchers found that honey and syrups are not much different from refined sugar. So, honey can contain up to 86% of free sugars and maple syrup – up to 88%. Experts also added that “the finished foods with honey ultimately contain huge amounts of sugar.”
Free sugars, referred to above, are glucose, fructose, sucrose, and others. The study showed that if the tea adds a 7-gram spoon of honey in a cup, it would be 6 grams of free sugars, and the same spoon, regular white sugar, will give 4 grams of free sugars.
Scientists warned that many calories coming from sugars contribute to the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, various cancers, liver diseases, and teeth.
According to scientists, they should not be involved in any sweeteners, even if they are positioned as healthier. And the optimal rate of sugar for an adult is 30 grams per day.