You likely know by now that most sugars (especially high fructose corn syrup) are extremely unhealthy. Especially if you want to lose weight, tackle high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, arthritis and other diseases.
The fact is, artificial sweeteners are not any better. Studies have shown that diet sodas are just as bad for high blood pressure as sugary sodas and may indeed be worse for obesity.
But there is one sweetener that’s loaded with nutrition and antioxidant benefits.
Using it has been proven to help lower blood pressure, manage cholesterol, improve arthritis and even balance blood sugar for type 2 diabetes.
No sweetener comes close to having the health benefits of honey.
It can be consumed in drinks, foods or deserts. Or, it can be applied to the skin or added to your bath water.
Honey has been used for centuries as a natural antibacterial and antifungal medicine. How many of us had our mothers bring warm milk or hot lemon water with honey in it when we had the flu as kids?
It has also been used traditionally as antibacterial protection on open wounds. It can also be put on the face to heal wrinkles and bring out a healthy shine in skin.
Sugars and high fructose corn syrup are what we call empty calories. They are sweet, but include no nutrition whatsoever. Honey on the other hand, is loaded with nutrition, vitamins and minerals. Its antioxidant qualities are well known to enhance overall health, remove cholesterol buildup and even improve type 2 diabetes.
Honey seems to interact differently with the body than regular sugars; moderate consumption of honey doesn’t have to cause weight increase. Some studies have even indicated that consuming honey will help you lose weight.
One of the most detailed studies on honey for high blood pressure involved a study on rats. The scientist learned that the blood pressure of rats who supplemented with honey dropped while the comparison group stayed the same.
The wonderful thing to take away from this is that we don’t have to deprive ourselves of the sweet things in life. Just make small adjustments to choose honey over sugar and you’ll not only be avoiding the negative effects, you’ll also reap the benefits.
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