Recently i have decided to switch from white sugar to Honey and i was wondering if there is any scenario in which using honey can be harmful? Like in baking or mixing with some other eatable thing?
Quote from "Toxic compounds in honey." (2014):
(...) honey may contain compounds that may lead to toxicity. A compound not naturally present in honey, named 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), may be formed during the heating or preservation processes of honey.
Also, from other sources:
High concentrations of HMF in honey indicate overheating, poor storage conditions and old honey.
Honey might be okey as long as you go the raw organic way.
See «Why Consuming Honey Raw Is So Important» section.
This honey is much better (from the nutrients point of view) because it has not been refined and is still loaded of vitamins, minerals, etc., contrary to white sugar. For a deep analysis on raw honey versus industrial honey and how to spot artificial honey, see this article.
You may also be interested in organic muscvado sugar which is a non refined "sugar cane" sugar.
«Honey actually contains more sugar and carbohydrates per serving compared to regular table sugar. source
Honey will surely and quickly raise your blood sugar too (triggering insulin secretion from your pancreas).
«All carbohydrates, with the exception of fiber, can raise your blood sugar levels, whether they come from honey, bread, rice, potatoes, candies, fruits or table sugar. If you have a blood glucose meter, you can do an experiment.
I did the experiment twice with a friend of mine, a slim sportive guy (as I am) but who is diabetic Type 1. Results were barely the same.
Experiment: Prior to the tests, we made sure have the same meal in the morning ~9am. At 18pm, on an empty stomach, we ate a yogurt with 3 servings of organic honey each.
Results: 15 minutes after, his blood sugar raised up to over 200mg/dL whereas mine was between 110 and 120mg/dL (thanks to my body secretion of insulin I guess).
Excess consumption of sugar, no matter the source it comes from, will expose one to the same kind of side effects and in the long term can lead to overweight or various illnesses such as Type2 diabetes.
«Eating too much sugar can lead to weight gain, which in turn increases your risk of health conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes» source
Then, I would say honey is okey as long as you limit your intakes to few tea spoons a meal.
«Honey has the same chemical backbone as table sugar, so the recommended serving size of honey is the same as it is for table sugar».Source
« Like any other sweetener, honey should be used sparingly in your diet.(…) For example, try using about 1/2 teaspoon of honey to mildly sweeten your tea, plain yogurt, … » source
Heavy edit (sources added) in response to Fermi paradox's comment.
- Honey is made of (in weight): 18% of water and 82% of sugars (and sugars are glucose and fructose in a fraction that depends on the honey kind, e.g. mixed honey, acacia honey, etc.) [ref.1]
a) it's anyhow almost pure sugar, with all problems related to...
b) respect raw sugar, that's pure sucrose, this is the main and the bigger difference between honey and raw sugar; I pointed out this difference because, IMHO, this is the main route in where looking for disadvantages or advantages! e.g. glucose VS sucrose, and, fructose VS sucrose.