Honey for weight loss?Written by Leroy Cleveland
Perhaps fighters who continually miss weight should substitute table sugar with honey?
Have you ever put sugar in your cereal, oatmeal, coffee or hot or iced tea?
You might want to try honey instead.
Table sugar is essentially empty calories. It makes your food and drink sweeter but provides little health benefits because it lacks vitamins and minerals.
Honey, on the otherhand, contains 22 amino acids as well as nutrients such as protein, water, energy, fiber, and various vitamins, such Vitamin C, and Vitamin B6, and minerals such as iron, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and calcium.
And while honey contains sugar and is relatively high in calories, it appears to be metabolized better than pure table sugar because of the aforementioned nutrients.
Some people swear they are getting good results by warm drinking lemon juice with a little honey the first thing in the morning, insisting it boosts the metabolism. Others say swallowing a spoonful or two of honey before bed can improve sleep quality and and promote weight loss by reving up fat-burning processes, fuelling the liver and easing stress hormones.
Honey has also been linked to surpessing hunger. The results of a 2010 study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that honey, which is superior to sugar in helping to increase "good" cholesterol, had less of an effect on blood sugar than regular table sugar in healthy women. Swings in blood sugar, of course, can trigger hunger, even if you don't truly need more food.
Moreover, honey is the food that contains inocembrin, an antioxidant associated with enhanced brain functioning.
Interesting fact: Honey is miraculous in that it never goes bad. It was believed archaeologists found 2000 year old jars of honey in Egyptian tombs and they said it still tasted yummy!