On most mornings I use honey to sweeten up my oats. Is this a good alternative to malodextrin/dextrose. I do use the dextrose from NOW every once in a while, but I just read that it can add fat. I don't want fat-fat not good
I'd say honey is the better route, since it's sweet, but doesn't have as high of a glycemic index.
Or you could use an artificial sweetener which has an insignificant amount of calories.
In my opinion honey is the most healthy sweetener cause it's natural and doesn't contain so much calories.
I'd say honey. What about mixin' in some berries?
most definitely! go for it
However honey is not a low calorie sweetener but it will not necessarily 'add fat'. Surplus calories lead to weight gain.
IMO the best natural source sweetener is fructose. Twice as sweet as sugar/honey and lower GI too.
honey is the best because it is natural, as stated above. and the berries are a great one too, antioxidants and a natural sweetness. just depends on your taste. maple syrup? you'd have to find some all natural organic stuff for it to be comparable to honey
Honey has health benefits that go beyond just calories and carbs.
honey has alot of health benifets....i know its good for the immune system......i use honey in my green tea with lemon and lime
The findings could explain why sweet foods help boost obesity rates in the United States and elsewhere.
In their studies with rats, researchers at the University of Florida identified fructose as part of a biochemical chain reaction that causes weight gain and other characteristics of metabolic syndrome, the precursor to Type 2 diabetes.
Fructose can also cause an increase of uric acid levels in the blood, the Florida team found. This temporary rise in uric acid blocks the action of insulin, the hormone that regulates how body cells use and store the sugar they need for energy.
If increased uric acid levels occur frequently enough, features of metabolic syndrome may develop over time, the researchers said. These features include obesity, elevated blood cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.
The Florida researchers fed rats a high-fructose diet for 10 weeks. All of the rats experienced an increase in uric acid in the bloodstream and also went on to develop insulin resistance.
"When we blocked or lowered uric acid, we were able to largely prevent or reverse features of the metabolic syndrome," Dr. Richard Johnson, professor of nephrology and chief of nephrology, hypertension and transplantation at the university''s College of Medicine, said in a prepared statement. "We were able to significantly reduce weight gain, we were able to significantly reduce the rise in the triglycerides in the blood, the [rats''] insulin resistance was less and the blood pressure fell."
The research appears in the December issue of the journal Nature Clinical Practice Nephrology and in the online edition of the American Journal of Physiology-Renal Physiology.
The American Heart Association has more about metabolic syndrome.
fruit would be a better sweetner
The context of the original question was whether honey is a suitable sweetener for someone concerned about fat gain. Since weight gain is all about surplus calories, logically it makes sense to use an efficient sweetener (max effect/min cals). Of course a zero calorie sweetener like sucralose would be even better but somehow the direction of the thread moved towards 'natural/hea lthy' options.
The rats in that experiment were fed a 'high-fructose' diet. What does that mean? Is one or two teaspoons of berry sugar in a bowl of oatmeal a high fructose diet? Not likely. If on the other hand someone is consuming a half pound or more of the stuff per day, it is conceivable that there would be health risks. However I would expect that would be the case with any refined or concentrated sugar (fructose, sucrose, dextrose, or honey.)
Many beneficial or benign substances become toxic at high levels. One could infer from that article that one should stop eating all fruit since it contains fructose.
honey does provide other benefits.
ex; i live in an area with really bad pollens during certain seasons, if i eat locally produced honey during these seasons it can help my allergies a lot because of this exposure.