One of the most recognized and used characteristics of honey is the sweetness it contains in its most natural state. Any preparation is enhanced if honey is added as a sweetener.
Whether hot or cold, drinks sweetened with honey take on a more delicious flavor while taking advantage of its properties. Teas, coffee, infusions, smoothies, meringues and others taste better if honey is used as a sweetener.
Advantages of using honey as a sweetener
The properties of honey are well known, as well as the benefits it brings us. Its 100% natural origin makes it highly demanded, especially by those who take care of their health and follow a special diet.
Honey, whose origin is in the nectar of flowers, is the result of the transformation of nectars released and predigested by bees.
The contributions of honey in the body have been widely demonstrated. It contains simple carbohydrates that are quickly broken down by the body and used as a source of energy. It also contains B vitamins (B1, B2, B6, folic acid and niacin) that support the health of the central nervous system.
Honey as a sweetener
Here is a comparison between honey and the various sweeteners that we use regularly:
honey or sugar
This product can be used as a substitute for sugar and, despite having more or less the same amount of calories, its sweetness is more powerful, therefore, you will need less honey as a sweetener for any preparation.
Unlike honey, refined sugar provides empty calories, since it lacks nutrients, minerals and vitamins.
Honey or agave syrup
Both honey and agave syrup are sweeteners of natural origin. Agave syrup comes from the juice of blue agave and maguey, plants from which tequila also comes.
However, when evaluating its impact on the body, honey ranks above agave, because it contains more fructose.
Excessive intake of fructose promotes the accumulation of fat around the liver and heart; It also increases blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Honey or maple syrup
Maple syrup is extracted from the sap of maple trees, which are very common in Canada and the United States.
The difference is that honey provides minerals, antioxidants, vitamins from different groups and does not contain fat; while maple syrup has some fat, although it also provides calcium, magnesium, potassium, etc.
Honey or saccharin
Unlike honey, which is 100% natural, nutritious and beneficial to health, saccharin is a synthetic product used as a sweetener since the beginning of the 20th century and is obtained through the chemical process of toluene, a hydrocarbon present in petroleum raw.
The advantages of saccharin are its sweetening power, its absence of calories and it is not addictive. But its excessive consumption can induce glucose intolerance and cause diabetes.
honey or jam
Jam is a product that is obtained from processing fruits and where sugar or honey can be used as a sweetener. Jam is used to sweeten yogurts, breads, pancakes, waffles, and other foods because it already contains sugar. However, you can use crystallized honey, in a solid state, to spread and consume fewer calories than those provided by the jam.
Honey or panela
Without chemical additives, panela has also been a healthy substitute for sugar. It is obtained from the juice of the sugar cane that after a thermal procedure is dehydrated and acquires a honeyed texture; after cooling and beating it solidifies. Compared to honey, panela provides a higher number of calories.
Honey or Stevia
Stevia is extracted from the leaves of Stevia rebaudiana , an herb that brings together a number of sweet compounds known as steviol glycosides. It is more powerful than sugar: one tablespoon of sugar corresponds to 6 drops of liquid stevia or a quarter of a tablespoon of powdered stevia. It is an excellent way to sweeten as honey is considerably more caloric.