White sugar is proven to raise your risk of all chronic diseases, but that doesn't mean you have to give up sweet foods to eat smart. "Alternative sweeteners are more popular than ever, and unlike table sugar, they have added health benefits." And most fall lower on the glycemic index, which means they won't spike your blood sugar like white sugar will.
Make sure your bottle says raw to ensure you're getting disease-fighting antioxidants that could otherwise be destroyed during pasteurization. "You eat it exactly like it comes out of the hive," Turner says. Raw honey can fight colds and sore throats, kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and reduce symptoms of respiratory infections.
Best uses: Stir it into coffee, tea, smoothies, and oatmeal, or spread it on bread for sandwiches. It's creamier and richer than regular honey, so a little goes a long way.
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