Thursday, May 28, 2015

How Sweet It Is!

People often ask me for recommendations regarding a healthy sweetener. And my answer? Honey!

Raw, unprocessed honey, is an excellent sweetener suppling antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Because it hasn't been filtered or heated, it retains it's nutritional benefits. Humans have eaten it for centuries and our bodies know how to process it. One tablespoon has 64 calories and a glycemic load of 10. It is reputed to be better at keeping blood sugar levels stable without the spike that white table sugar can cause. It also has pollen in it which studies show can help those with seasonal allergies.  And certain forms of honey ( like Manuka Honey) have been found to heal skin burns.  

Commercial honey, in contrast, has been filtered and heated, destroying it's nutrients.  So, I buy and cook with raw honey... like this brand I recently scooped up at the Austin Farmer's Market. Yum!

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