Honey and cellulite

"Honey is good for you": yet another urban myth

Urban myth dictates that honey is better than sugar, because it is a natural, unrefined product. Sugar, on the other hand, is indeed natural, but refined. And dark brown sugar is also natural and unrefined. However, there is no significant difference between the three products, as all three are almost pure sugars, which are detrimental to health.

Unlike sugar, honey contains minuscule (trace) amounts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. However, those tiny amounts of healthful trace nutrients are completely overpowered by the 80% sugars that honey contains (honey is basically an equal mix of fructose and glucose, same as table sugar).

Now sugar is one of the worst things you can put in your mouth (closely followed by nasty deep fried oils and hydrogenated (trans) oils) and is a causative factor of skin and vascular ageing (via glycation and low grade inflammation), overweight, cellulite, diabetes, tooth decay and poor vision among many other negative effects. Sugar is clearly the number one dietary enemy of our health today.

 

The trace element myth

Like so called "healthy" brown sugar, honey contains way too many sugars (fructose and glucose) in relation to antioxidants, vitamins etc. This is in contrast to fruits such as blueberries, which contain a huge amount of antioxidants and other trace nutrients, in relation to their fructose and glucose content.

In fact, you will need a huge amount of honey or brown sugar - containing thousands of calories - in order to receive any meaningful amount of trace nutrients such as vitamins or antioxidants. f you want to receive antioxidants and vitamins, blueberries or tomatoes are the solution, not honey or brown sugar. The idea that honey is a healthful source of those nutrients is pure misinformation.

 

Fructose and the glycaemic index fallacy

With a GI of 30-70, depending on variety, honey has somewhat lower glycaemic index than sugar (GI 63), however this is irrelevant as the detrimental effects of sugar are not mediated only by glycaemic index, but also via sheer calorie load and via the negative effects of fructose (a constituent of honey) in insulin resistance, glycation, inflammation, which both sugar and honey are equally responsible for.

In summary, our advice is to avoid all sugars (especially those once considered as good sugars, due to their high fructose content and low GI), such as fructose, very sweet fruit juice, honey, agave syrup, high fructose corn syrup etc. Simply put, there is no such thing as "good sugar", as fructose seems to be more detrimental to health than either sucrose or glucose, due to it's increased effect on insulin resistance and glycation.

Of course, very occasional intake of honey, or other sweet treat such as chocolate, is absolutely fine, but regular consumption is clearly not a good idea, if you care about preventing skin aging, cardiovascular aging, diabetes, overweight, vision problems or tooth decay.

And honey is every bit as bad as sugar for cellulite.