You’ve probably heard the stories from former sugar consumers, who say that cutting processed sugar from their diets made them feel much more energetic, helped them drop a few pounds around the waistline by increasing metabolism, improved their skin, teeth, digestion, heart and brain functions, and reduced mental stress.
The sugar they’re talking about is the refined variety that so many people drop into their cups of tea / coffee everyday, and consume in the form of mithai, baked goods, sugary sodas and other junk food. It’s a highly processed product – the white is not a natural colour, and it is developed due to bleaching. It has been cleansed so much that there is absolutely no nutritional content, and as such, the product becomes pure, refined carbohydrates. It is a source of excess starch that the body will struggle to absorb without the minerals that have been removed during the purification process.
Consumption of white sugar even in nominal amounts can impact a person’s body. Have you ever felt sluggish soon after eating that afternoon doughnut? White sugar is not only unhealthy, but there has been a controversy on it being produced by unethical means too. In the United States, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is working to ban the use of bone char, made from animal bones, which is used to process refined white sugar.
Honey in its purest form makes a great sweetener for drinks as well as desserts. Since raw honey is unprocessed, it therefore is a carrier of beneficial qualities. It contains vitamins and trace amounts of minerals, among others.
Raw honey contains antibacterial and antiviral qualities, which help in internal cell repair and degenerative conditions, as well as a great immune booster. It is also great for those prone to allergies, and curing throat conditions. It is an anytime energy booster.