Many people wonder if bee honey can improve their weight loss over time. Although the latest scientific results related to this topic may sound paradoxical, it mainly depends on the origin of the honey and the amount consumed.
First, it is very important to acknowledge where we are getting our honey from and what ingredients are included in it. In Canada, labels of honey must indicate the country of production, the quality (Canada no 1, 2 or 3) and floral origin (1). Indeed, Canada no 1 would be a better quality compared to 2 or 3. Some industries may add corn syrup, sugar, dextrose and other flavours and additives which may increase the rate of obesity, type 2 Diabetes, certain cancers and other chronic illnesses in the longterm. Another alternative would be to find Organic and Natural honey with appropriate labels as mentioned above.
Next, honey will provide numerous health benefits for human health such as high source of antioxydants (flavonoids), antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, wound healing, and cardioprotective capabilities (2). Another study in obese rats found that a four week consumption of Malaysian honey helped improve weight loss (3). Moreover, results suggested that Malaysian honey is more effective than Orlistat on weight loss.
Although honey has numerous positive impacts on human health, it is still recommended to consume it in moderation to help prevent an increase in fat tissues also known as adiposity. In fact, some researchers suggest that 10 daily teaspoons of honey, sucrose or fructose provided similar effects on our blood sugar, fat metabolism and inflammation with elevated values (4). Hence, high consomption of honey can increase body weight gain which in turn, can lead to obesity and other chronic illnesses.
In summary, the origin of honey plays an important role on human health and body weight. Hence, it is very important to differentiate between real and artificial honey for better outcome. If you think that you need some help when it comes to food portion and control, do not hesitate to contact your SNC dietitian to develop mindful eating strategies and appropriate coping mechanisms related to weight loss for better quality of life. Enjoy your honey with pleasure! -SNC-
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