What It Means to Choose Real
When you choose real honey, you choose a natural way to keep your favorite drinks and recipes sweet without adding more processed sugar or artificial sweeteners. That way, you can add more vitamins, enzymes, and natural goodness to your table. Honey is one of the most naturally occurring sugars that nature offers. Just like the nutritious and delightfully sweet crisp fall apple, juicy fresh peach, or the dripping summer watermelon, honey offers you more than just sugar. We’re here to help explain the natural benefits of honey and why it stands out as the best swap you will make all year.
Sugar Content of Honey
First thing first: How much sugar is in honey exactly? One tablespoon of Nature Nate’s Honey has 16 grams of sugar. This may sound like a lot, but there are many other factors to consider. Your body processes honey in a different way than table sugar or an artificial sweetener. Imagine that crisp fall apple. It contains about 19 grams of sugar. You know that this apple is still a healthy choice despite its sugar content. It’s packed with vitamins and nutrients, and comes straight from nature. The exact same thing happens with honey. Honey occurs naturally and has numerous health benefits, bolstering it as your go-to sugar candidate.
Nutritional Benefits of Honey
- Vitamins and Antioxidants – Honey is packed with vitamins and antioxidants. It contains several A, B, D, E, and K vitamins. You can also find antioxidants.
- Low Glycemic Index – Glycemic index is a measure of how carbohydrates alter blood sugar (glucose) levels after eating. In other words, it is the speed at which food changes your blood glucose levels after you eat. If a food has a high glycemic index, it creates a sugar high followed by a sugar crash. In contrast, low glycemic index foods will release glucose at a more consistent rate. Honey has a low glycemic index of 48-55. Essentially, your body breaks down the sugar in honey more slowly. Therefore, you don’t experience a “sugar crash” when you eat honey. It provides you with a sustained level of energy.
Raw vs Processed Honey
These incredible, naturally occurring properties of honey aren’t found in just any honey in the grocery aisle. To keep these natural qualities, the honey must also be as natural as possible. Processed honey (honey that has been heated and filtered) strips honey of its benefits and becomes just another processed sweetener. Only raw honey, like Nature Nate’s, contains these vitamins, nutrients, and enzymes. We ensure that Mother Nature’s sweet gifts are kept intact, for you and your family to enjoy. This free, very visual e-book will make your swap to honey as smooth as the honey itself.
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