February 17, 2011

Honey Reduces Weight Gain Compared to Other Sugars

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In a study involving rats, researchers discovered that a honey-based diet promotes lower weight gain. According to the abstract for "Honey promotes lower weight gain, adiposity, and triglycerides than sucrose in rats":

Thirty-six male Sprague-Dawley rats (228.1 ± 12.5 g) were equally divided by weight into 2 groups (n = 18) and provided free access to 1 of 2 diets of equal energy densities differing only in a portion of the carbohydrate. Diets contained 20% carbohydrate (by weight of total diet) from either clover honey or sucrose. After 33 days, epididymal fat pads were excised and weighed, and blood was collected for analyses of serum concentrations of lipids, glucose, and markers of adiposity and inflammation. Body weight gain was 14.7% lower (P ≤ .05) for rats fed honey, corresponding to a 13.3% lower (P ≤ .05) consumption of food/energy, whereas food efficiency ratios were nearly identical. Epididymal fat weight was 20.1% lower (P ≤ .05) for rats fed honey.

We've known that honey does contain "small amounts of a wide array of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants". Now we know it also helps maintain healthy weight. Next time when deciding what sweetener to use, consider honey.

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