Sugar is an ingredient which is present in most of the processed foods. Consuming too much of it can increase the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, dental cavities, blood pressure, anxiety, etc. Honey is primarily made up of fructose (40%) and glucose (30%). Rest of the components are water, vitamins (including vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and C), minerals, enzymes and amino acids.
Because of the high level of fructose, honey is sweeter than sugar. Due to which it can be used in lesser quantity than sugar.
Honey has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial properties and antioxidants which helps in boosting immunity. It also provides relief from sore throat and cough. Whereas, refined sugar increases inflammation because of which the infection lasts longer.
Swapping honey – a natural energy booster – with sugar is easy with added health benefits as it can be used in cereals, granola bars, cookies, sauces, salad dressings, yogurt, and many baking recipes.
It’s very helpful in weight loss. The sugar content in honey is processed faster by us. The white table sugar contains disaccharides which don’t get burned right away and takes longer to process and easily turn into fat.
Honey is also used as a dressing to treat burns, wounds, and ulcers because it contains fructose and glucose, both of which attract water strongly. So they dry out the wound, inhibiting the bacteria growth. Apart from these benefits it is also used to treat itchy scalp and dandruff.