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Honey Instead of Refined Sugar

Honey Instead of Refined Sugar

Consumption of refined sugar has been linked to a host of health problems, including an increased risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes. So what’s a baker to do? Try using honey in your recipes, instead. Honey is nearly twice as sweet as table sugar, so you may be able to significantly reduce the amount of sweetener you use in your recipe.

But remember: Sugar is sugar, in any form. “Overall, sweeteners are not the kind of thing you want to be eating a lot of, if you’re trying to eat healthfully,” said Dave Joachim, food writer and author of the award-winning cookbook, The Food Substitutions Bible. Adults should consume no more than 100-150 calories from sugar a day, according to the American Heart Association — meaning your best bet for making your favorite sweet treat healthier is finding a low-sugar substitute, or eating dessert in moderation.

Tip: Honey is nearly 18 percent water, so if you use more than one cup, reduce the all the liquids in the recipe by about one-fifth.

By Brittany Doohan. Published February 4, 2013. Brittany is a health and lifestyle writer living in San Francisco.