Originally Posted by QuilterInVA
Honey has the same calories as sugar.
Yes, that's why I said to use a little honey and added the caveat that it is high in anti oxidants. Personally, I don't like artificial sweeteners or chemicals. If I want something sweet, I will normally use sugar or honey (just in smaller quantities).
Honey (especially dark honey) appears to have a lot of nutritional benefits. I used to drink my tea plain, but I've started adding an occasional teaspoon of dark buckwheat honey for the health benefits (the same way I like high calorie olive oil salad dressing for the health benefits).
"Honey is an instant energy-building food containing all the essential minerals necessary for life, all of the B complex group, amino acids, enzymes, and other vital factors. Honey is virtually free of bacteria and rarely spoils.
Raw honey contains up to 80 different substances important to human nutrition. Besides glucose and fructose, honey contains: All of the B-complex, A, C, D, E, and K, minerals and trace elements: magnesium, sulfur, phosphorus, iron, calcium, chlorine, potassium, iodine, sodium, copper, and manganese. The live enzyme content of honey is one of the highest of all foods. Honey also contains hormones, and antimicrobial and antibacterial factors"
"According to the US researchers, dark-colored honey, such as buckwheat honey, is generally thought to contain higher levels of antioxidants than the light-colored varieties. Previous studies by the researchers, who presented their findings this week at the American Chemical Society meeting in Illinois, suggest that honey may have the same level of disease-fighting antioxidants as that of some common fruits."
All that and tastes fabulous too? Honey = winner to me.