“Honey consumption (as compared to refined sugar or HFCS) leads directly to the formation of liver glycogen, thus stabilising blood sugar levels. Honey thereby reduces metabolic stress and improves fat metabolism and disposal, thus combating two of the key parameters of the metabolic syndrome, Type 2 Diabetes and obesity”
Dr Ron Fessenden, the Honey Revolution.
One of the questions I am asked the most is “Can I replace sugar with honey?” And what a ripper of a question this is! From an evolutionary perspective, we are totally wired to prefer sweet fat foods because that is what human breast milk is like and we associate it with safety, love and warmth.
Fruits are perfect!
Sweet fat foods such as bananas are also usually quick sources of energy that can enhance survival. The modern food industry knows this all too well and so they pile in sugar, salt, fat and gluten into everything to keep us hooked. These refined foods are addictive and dangerous. We do not need any added man-made sugars or fats as there are plenty of natural sugar and fats in wholefoods.
“Tart words make no friends; a spoonful or honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar”
Sugar = emotional yo-yo
We also know there are clear links with lollies and high-sugar foods with anti-social behaviour and criminal behaviour later in life. Kids, who start on vegetables young, stay on them. So how do I get the right sugar into my kids? What is the ‘what, where, how and when’ about added sugar?!
The three basic types of sugar:
- Glucose; from carbohydrates such as brown rice, and often called dextrose
- Fructose; in fruits, known as ‘fruit sugar’
- Sucrose; a combination of the two
Focus on these 4 simple rules:
- Remove all added and processed sugar from your diet wherever you can
- Eat less sugar by lowering the overall intake of sweetened foods you eat
- Improve the overall quality of the sweeteners you use
- Prepare your own sweet treats and ensure they are high in fibre
Jason wishes to deeply thank, acknowledge and recognise the effort and contribution that the PIF Foundation has provided on a voluntary basis since 2014, as we educated, motivated and inspired change that helps transform the health, vitality and longevity of people all over the world.