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Natural Sweeteners

Trying to cut down on your sugar intake after gaining the quarantine fifteen? One of the easiest ways to get started on a healthier lifestyle path is to swap out the white stuff (regular table sugar) for the gold, brown and (made from) green sugar substitutes that are available in your local grocery store. In this article, we will discuss honey and why it can be a better option. But first, let me reiterate why we don't want to eat white sugar.

Sugar is not a friend to your body and its processes. Spikes in blood sugar send the pancreas into overdrive and make it work harder than it needs to. An exhausted pancreas can't do its proper job of producing enzymes that break down your food into nutrients so that your body can absorb them and use them to work. It also gets hypersensitive to sugar and over produces insulin to help move it out of the bloodstream, which eventually, can lead to health issues like diabetes. We need to love our bodies and treat them with kindness so that they can continue to work at peak performance. Sugar isn't helping with that goal. Too much sugar can't be used by the body, so it gets stored in your fat cells, which ends up packing on the pounds. So let's try another, more natural sweetener in its place and see if we can offer our bodies a better way of enjoying a sweet treat.

Honey is an all natural, readily available, and affordable alternative to sugar. You can even make it in your own backyard if you are into that sort of thing! Honey is known in in the nutrition world for its medicinal properties, such as helping with allergies, being high in antioxidants, being anti-microbial, anti-bacterial as well as anti-inflammatory! And while the actual amounts in honey are small, it contains 31 different minerals that also contribute to its healthy properties. Honey can be used in baking, cooking, salad dressings and desserts. Its especially delicious drizzled on a nut butter sandwich or an apple as a snack. If you are a seasonal allergy sufferer, try eating a teaspoon of locally grown honey (anywhere in your neck of the woods) to alleviate allergy symptoms. Start a month before your season, or just have it every day and use your allergies as an excuse to enjoy a delicious, sweet treat on a daily basis.

Comment below and share how you've incorporated honey into your diet!

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