How Honey Gives Good Energy (& Sugar Gives Not So Good Energy)
Our bodies & brains need good sugar to live. Simple sugars from honey (& fruit) give your body good energy AND 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 it’s only about 30% glucose and less than 40% fructose (the sugar typically found in fruits). And there are also about 20 other sugars in the mix, many of which are much more complex, and dextrin, a type of starchy fiber. This means that your body expends more energy to break it all down to glucose. So you get the energy without the sugar rush and you end up with fewer calories.
Sugar on the other hand is a bad sugar as it’s not so complex; being made of 50% glucose and 50% fructose so it’s very easily broken down, leading to a surge of blood glucose or a 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 cycle that’s not at all good for you.
The more raw (unprocessed) your honey is; the more complex it is (and the lower the GI so the slower the absorption).