Friday: Q&A

13 Jan

A healthier Sugar Rush?

By Alya Alyssa Kattan

Hi GUYS!!!  How are you all doing?  Hope you’re all having a fabulous weekend!

Question: @Alyasfitclub Sweetie Is Honey Good for us or Is It Pure Sugar for Our Bodies? I’m Addicted to It. What’s Other Alternatives? #AskAlya

Thanks gorgeous for the AWESOME question! Xx Love you! ❤

Answer: We all know that the white stuff is bad for us but are some sweeteners better than others? Of course!  To answer your question, let’s see the difference between honey and sugar.

Honey VS Sugar

  • Their Make-up:

They are both made up of the same sugar units-glucose and fructose. Granulated table sugar, or sucrose, has glucose and fructose hooked together, whereas in honey, fructose and glucose remain in individual units. Fructose does not convert to energy as efficiently as glucose. As a result, processed foods containing granulated sugar high in fructose convert to fat stores more easily than honey. (GoAskAlice)

  • The Calorie Battle:
  1. 1 teaspoon of table sugar contains 16 calories
  2. 1 teaspoon of honey has 22 calories.

While honey may have more calories, we tend to use less of it because it is both sweeter and denser than table sugar.  As a result, you may consume even less amount of calories than you would with sugar.

  • An Added Bonus For Honey Users
  1. It contains small amounts of vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals
  2. It aids in digestion

Honey is more nutritious than granulated sugar so it does come up the winner!  What I recommend? Use sweeteners with lower fructose levels such as honey, brown rice syrup, or brown sugar. However remember that a calorie is calorie is calorie meaning that if you take in too much of anything be it vegetables or whatever that you will gain weight.  So even though it is better than the white stuff keep consumption in check. “No sugar is healthy beyond very small quantities.”

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8 Responses to “Friday: Q&A”

  1. Leah January 13, 2012 at 3:17 AM #

    Hey, I have only started following your blog so apologies if you have answered this. I store all my weight in my stomach, do you have any tips on how I can slim it down? I am going to try and cut out sugar but I wondered if you could recommend anything?

  2. Ria January 13, 2012 at 7:10 AM #

    thanks for this post Alya. I seldom use granulated sugar. Ive been using artificial sweeteners. Are they safe?

    • alyasfitclub January 13, 2012 at 11:22 PM #

      Hi love!! Hope all is well!! Thanks for visiting my blog!!! Xx ❤ Artificial sweeteners are regulated by the FDA as food additives and there have been numerous studies done on artificial sweeteners confirming that they are safe in limited quantities. I myself prefer to use natural sweeteners but that doesn't mean that I don't drink a diet coke on occasion. I believe that anything in moderation isn't harmful.

  3. Mais January 15, 2012 at 1:35 PM #

    Great post Alya! I don’t use white sugar or any artificial sweeteners at all (don’t drink coke or any sodas at all). I drink coffee, tea, etc…without any sugar, however i do love the taste of sweetness, but i try to eat dates, dried apricots and raisins to satisfy this need for sugar, question is; how many of those can i eat per day? would 4-5 big dates a day be too much? same goes for dried apricots.
    i know for a fact that they are very nutritious, but they still contain sugar…so i’m bit confused about the portion.
    Thank You

    • alyasfitclub January 15, 2012 at 6:46 PM #

      Proud of you for being so healthy!!! Xx ❤ :* Dates, apricots, and dried fruit are healthy but are high in calories and sugar which runs havoc on your blood sugar- http://alyasfitclub.com/2011/12/11/alyas-hot-body-tip-of-the-day-28/. So if you're trying to lose weight, dried apricots aren't your best option! A better option would be eating fresh fruit-healthier (have less calories and sugar and more vitamins) and more filling.
      1 date has over 20 calories so if you have 5 that's 100 or more calories. It takes a lot to burn calories, it's much easier to eat calories than to burn them off. It takes about 15 minutes of brisk walking to burn 100 calories.
      I love dates and could never stop eating them!!! Since dates are a high glycemic index carbohydrate, what I like to do to lower its effect on my blood sugar is to have it with a low glycemic food such as yogurt. Remember that too many calories, even healthy ones, can cause weight gain. If you're eating a well balanced diet (consuming enough protein, carbs, fruits, vegetables, from all the food groups) and you're not eating more than your total daily calorie needs, than having 5 dates is ok.

  4. Mais January 16, 2012 at 10:00 AM #

    Thank you very much for answering my question so quickly!
    really appreciate it 🙂

    thanks again for all the useful info darling

    • alyasfitclub January 16, 2012 at 1:01 PM #

      You’re most welcome my darling, anytime!!! ❤ Love you!!! Xx All the best!!

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