Advice Column: Honey, Good or Bad?
By Noor H. Salem
Question: Is it true honey is a bad sugar for you? I switched to zero calorie sweeteners instead.
While some may claim that sugar is sugar, many holistic doctors put honey in its own category due to its unique enzymes, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral benefits. Of course, Iâ€™m talking about Raw Organic Honey. Anything taken from the Sunnah of our Prophet (s) should not be questioned, let alone the Quran! None knows whatâ€™s better for us than the One who created us.
Then eat from all the fruits and follow the ways of your Lord laid down [for you].â€ There emerges from their bellies a drink, varying in colors, in which there is healing for people. Indeed in that is a sign for a people who give thought. [Quran 16:69]
The benefits of pure honey are simply outrageous. Forget antibiotics and forget unnatural medicine that bandage our sicknesses and hurt us later on. Honey has healing properties for ulcers, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, blood sugar control, cough suppressant, and boosts immunity. Believe it or not, some studies prove that doctors who used honey as healing for cuts and wounds healed faster and cleaner than those treated with alcohol and iodine. Eating a spoon of Raw Organic Honey every morning could do you wonders, and after a workout it helps with glycogen restoration. =)
If youâ€™re referring to the cute looking teddy bear honey thatâ€™s on sale for 99cents at the supermarket, then yes Iâ€™d definitely advise that you completely avoid it. Not only is this honey heavily processed, itâ€™s unnatural. Believe it or not, they add sugar in there.
The issue in our country today is people are trying to eat sugar-free, low-fat, and carbohydrate free. Yet, people are unhealthier than ever before in history. Obviously, because these sugar free sweeteners are chemically made to be sweet in a lab. They werenâ€™t produced by bees, and they are very unnatural. Putting these chemicals into your body could be toxic and harmful in the long run. Not to mention, these sweeteners are not satisfying, they chemically turn on your brain to crave for more. So enjoying that spoon of Raw Organic Honey daily is much more satisfying than pouring these sweeteners in your food. With your enjoyment come numerous healing benefits too. What more can we ask for?