Honey is often considered to be a healthy option for weight loss. Lemon and honey mixed with warm water in the morning is a popular remedy people most often restore to, to bring their weight issues under control. But does honey help in weight loss? Before jumping to the uses or benefits of honey in weight loss, it is important to address the doubts people often express regarding honey.
Some of the most commonly asked questions related to honey are:
– Is honey a type of sugar?
– How is it better than sugar?
– Does it not contain calories?
– If it has sugar, how can it negate the process of weight loss?
Yes, honey does contain sugar but unlike refined or white sugar, it does contain good amount of vitamins and minerals that are beneficial for the overall health and fitness. White sugar on the other hand has empty calories and contains no benefits when it comes to your overall health and leads to no good except for weight gain when you consume it on a daily basis.
The body needs essential nutrients and vitamins to digest sugar. Normally, when we consume refined sugar, to digest it and to dissolve the fat & cholesterol content related to it, vitamins and minerals that are already stored in the body are utilized. Therefore, when you regularly eat too much of white sugar, it eventually leads to weight gain not because of the high amount of calories in the sugar but because of lack of minerals and vitamins in the body that are essential for its digestion. Consuming honey on the other hand, balances this effect by providing the required amount of minerals and vitamins thus making losing and balancing weight an easier proposition.
It may, therefore, be correct to say that honey for weight loss is a safe choice because it provides fibre, protein, water, energy, iron, sodium, potassium and calcium and is also a rich source of folate, niacin, riboflavin and vitamin B6 & C among others. For people who are obese, daily consumption of honey helps in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disorders while keeping their weight in check. A recent study also suggests that as compared to sugar, honey may aid in reducing cholesterol levels and it can lead to lower increase in plasma glucose levels when consumed with care.