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Is Honey Less Addictive Than Sugar?

A Nutrition Diva listener has given up white sugar - but not honey. Her friends claim honey is just as "evil and addictive" as regular sugar. Are they right?

By
Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS,
May 2, 2014

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Q. "After hearing all of this research on;how bad sugar is;for me, I'm happy to say that I've cut all sugar out of my life.;I've noticed massive changes in my energy and health levels (hooray!), and in my cravings (I don't crave sweetness all the time anymore!).;However, a friend tried to convince me that honey is just as evil and addicitive as sugar. ;I'm not buying it. What are your thoughts?"

What matters is not which type of sugar you choose but how much you're consuming.;

A. First off: good for you for reducing your sugar intake. I'm glad you feel such positive results!;

However, honey and other "natural" sweeteners can do just as much damage as white sugar - because in the end, they are all still sugar. What matters is not which type of sugar you choose but how much you're consuming.;

Natural sweeteners;may contain nutrients that you don't get from white sugar - but not enough to make a difference;to your health.;That said, honey has some unique attributes, which I discussed in the article on;Benefits of Honey.;

But as long as;you're consuming added sweeteners in limited quantities, I don't think it really matters whether it's in the form of honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, or table sugar. ;

See also;;How to Reduce Your Added Sugar Intake

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