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Director discusses honey as an alternative to sugar

Emma Laing, clinical professor and director of dietetics in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, recently spoke with Fox News about the health benefits of using honey as an alternative to sugar.

They’re both carbohydrates, but they have different textures, nutrients and flavor profiles.

“Honey is touted as ‘healthier’ in some nutritional respects. However, sugar might be preferred based on taste and affordability. Sweeteners in general are often considered unhealthy, but consuming small amounts should not cause ill effects among most people, so they should not be feared,” she said.

Those who consume too much, however, might experience significant changes in blood sugar, feelings of gastrointestinal discomfort or an increased risk of tooth decay.

Additionally, Laing pointed out that some could have an allergic reaction to some components of honey, and it should not be given to children younger than 12 months.

“The dietary guidelines for Americans recommend that no more than 10% of total daily calories come from sugar—and this includes honey,” she said.