Sugar v. Honey
First, let’s talk about granulated white sugar, that cheap white, lifeless, flavorless sweet found in virtually everything, everywhere. Why use the word lifeless? White granulated sugar is pure Sucrose. Sucrose is a sugar new to the history of mankind as it can only be produced in large quantities from sugar cane and sugar beets. Millions of acres of these two crops are grown on overused marginal agricultural land using tons of synthetic fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides for the subsidized profits that are received. The crop is then harvested sent to huge refineries where the sugar cane or beets are crushed squeezed, concentrated, bleached and stripped of all vitamins, minerals and flavors. When consumed by humans, the body must use previously stored B vitamins to help break down and digest the Sucrose before the human body can use it. Sucrose cannot be used by the body in its original form. The body must devote time and energy to use the Sucrose which has no food value to return to the body.
Honey on the other hand is made by the Honeybee from a sweet fluid produced inside of flowers to attract the Honeybee. The flowers want to attract the Honeybee, because while it is gathering the sweet fluid, called Nectar, it purely by accident transfers pollen from one flower to another -this is called Pollination. When Pollination occurs a fruit, vegetable, seed or nut is sure to develop.
In fact, if it were not for Honeybees, approximately one-third (1/3) of all food we eat would disappear for lack of Pollination. Honeybees account for nearly 20 Billion Dollars of Agricultural products.
In its natural form Honey is a mixture of sugars primarily Glucose and Fructose. These sugars do not require any special digestive process before the body can utilize them. Glucose as found in Honey is the energy source found and used naturally in the human body. Honey contains the B vitamins, Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid, Thiamin, Nicotinic Acid and Pyridoxine. Small amounts of Vitamin C are also found. The Minerals found in Honey are quite extensive, including Potassium, Chlorine, Sulfur, Calcium Sodium, Phosphorous, Magnesium, Silica, Silican, Iron, Manganese, Copper and several trace elements. Accompanying these Vitamins and Minerals are acids and enzymes that help make Honey a truly fortified food.