Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Myth: Honey is better for you than white sugar.

honey bear
Answer: BUSTED!

While most people believe that honey is better for you than sugar, white sugar actually contains fewer calories than honey. Honey is natural and less refined than sugar, and also contains small amounts of minerals that are lacking in sugar. However, the mineral levels are so small that the amounts lack nutritional significance.
sugar shaker
Overall, both of these products are very sweet and should be limited in consumption. It does not matter whether it is honey or white sugar, both products are high in calories. Stick to natural sugars found in fruits and resist the urge to add sugar to your coffee or honey to your morning tea.

Visit the MissouriFamilies website for more information about nutrition and health.

Contributors: Mallory Bratton, KU Med Dietetic Intern & Ellen Schuster, M.S., R.D., Associate State Specialist, University of Missouri Extension, schusterer@missouri.edu, 573-882-1933

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