Honeycomb vs. Other Sweeteners
Honeycomb is one of the best all-natural sweeteners to use daily because it offers a variety of health benefits in addition to satisfying your sweet tooth. It is an especially great choice for those with sugar sensitivities because of its status as a low-glycemic food, meaning it is slowly digested, absorbed and metabolized resulting in slower, more moderate blood glucose and insulin spikes.
- Key Benefits
- Adds both flavor and nutritional value
- Arrives quickly and is individually packaged
- Supports a cause much bigger than us all
- Makes healthy choices easy
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Unfortunately, honeycomb is not readily used in many of the products we consume today. Instead, we often see refined sugar and artificial sweeteners on lists of ingredients. These products are by far inferior to honeycomb for a number of reasons. Here are some of the most common sweeteners we see used on a daily basis and why honeycomb is the better choice.
- Refined Sugar Common table sugar is perhaps the worst sweetener to use, but also the most common. Not only is it high in calories but it has no nutritional benefits whatsoever. Plus, it is an inflammatory food which could worsen many chronic inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, asthma, Crohn’s disease, psoriasis, and lupus.
- Xylitol A sugar alcohol commonly used as a sugar alternative, xylitol is sometimes referred to as birch sugar. Though it can be manufactured artificially, the process is expensive so most of the xylitol currently available to consumers is derived from corn cobs. Though it does have fewer calories than traditional refined sugar, eating too much xylitol can result in severe digestive issues and does not offer any known health benefits.
- Stevia Another sugar substitute, stevia is extracted from the South American plant species stevia rebaundiana. However, most of the stevia added to foods today and in stores for purchase is a chemical extract known as E 960 which does not contain any essential nutrients. The primary benefit of stevia is the lack of effect on blood glucose levels making it a safe choice for those with sugar sensitivities. In addition, stevia is sweeter than traditional sugar though it can have a bitter aftertaste.
- Agave Nectar Also known as agave syrup, this nectar is produced from the juice of the agave plant found in Mexico. The taste and sweetness are similar to liquid honey, though the consistency is much thinner. Agave nectar offers some similar benefits as liquid honey including adding vitamins and minerals to foods, however, it is high in calories and fructose content. Over time, consistent fructose intake can elevate blood fat levels, contribute to insulin resistance, and increase the risk of metabolic syndrome or type 2 diabetes.
- Maple Syrup The traditional pancake topping, maple syrup is extracted from the sugars found in the sap of maple trees. While it is a naturally occurring product and contains some nutritional benefit similar to liquid honey, maple syrup is much less sweet than refined sugar meaning you will need to consume more of it to achieve the same level of sweetness. Plus, the consumption of maple syrup can cause a similar reaction as table sugar for those with sensitivities.
Many of these sweeteners are often touted as healthier than they truly are. Considering their caloric density, glycemic index, and chemical composition, they are a subpar choice when compared to all-natural, nutrient-rich honeycomb. Not to mention, none of these alternatives can enhance a cheese board or be consumed as a decadent, rich, and guilt-free snack. Honeycomb is as diverse as the combs created and it should be enjoyed as such! Be sure to check out why honeycomb to learn more about its unique benefits or order today and let us know your favorite way to enjoy nature’s sweet treat!