How Honey Gives You Good Energy
There's a good reason bees are so busy...honey! Honey gives energy. Our bodies & brains also need good sugar to survive & thrive. Simple sugars from honey (& fruits) give your body & brain good energy & valuable nutrients.
Our body breaks food down into glucose in order to use it for energy to lead our busy lives. The more complex a food is, the more work it takes to break it down. Honey is made mostly of sugar, but that sugar is only around 30% glucose & 40% fructose, the sugar typically found in fruits. What makes honey such a great sugar is that there are also about 20 other complex sugars in the mix, & dextrin, a type of starchy fiber. This means that your body uses more energy to break honey down to glucose. So you get the energy without the sugar rush and fewer calories.
Sugar on the other hand is not so complex. It's made of 50% glucose and 50% fructose. This makes it super quick & easy to break down, giving a blood glucose surge or 'sugar rush'. What your body doesn’t use right away gets stored as fat. Bad sugars (eg table sugar, white bread and pasta) make your body increase its insulin production to try and cope with the surge of sugar in your blood stream. This extra insulin causes low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) which is dangerous for your brain so you crave more sweet stuff to try to level your blood sugar. It’s a vicious, unhealthy cycle.
The more raw (unprocessed) your honey is; the more complex it is (and the lower the GI so the slower the absorption).