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H is for Honey 🍯

Honey is a naturally sweet liquid produced by bees from the nectar of flowers. It's often cited as being a healthy alternative to sugar but is this actually true?

Honey has been used in medicine for centuries and is still used in modern medicine for ulcers, wounds and burns due to its antibacterial properties. Manuka honey sells for around £27 a pot as its very rich in these antibacterial properties.

Nutrition wise an average pot of honey is made up of fructose (40%), glucose (30%) water, iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium. So it can certainly be argued that honey is more nutrient dense than table sugar but it is still a form of sugar which will cause our blood glucose levels and therefore insulin levels to rise and lead to weight gain if consumed in excess.

Personally I love it spread on crumpets or stirred into Greek yogurt but honey is a delicious treat and not a health food I'm afraid. 🌸 🐝 🍯 😋

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