People are being 'misled' into thinking honey is healthier than sugar

Mail Online | 5/2/2019 | Vanessa Chalmers Health Reporter For Mailonline
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People are risking their health by indulging in honey and other sugar alternatives after being misled into the belief they are healthier, campaigners have warned.

Specialist honey such as Manuka, agave syrup, cane or brown sugars and coconut sugar are often falsely advertised as being a better choice than table sugar.

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But these 'natural sugars' still come under 'free sugars', which adults are meant to limit to no more than 30g a day.

Consumers are often unaware that products like honey are just as high in sugar as table sugar and are therefore eating them in 'excessive' quantities, Action on Sugar said.

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Breakfast cereals and bars that boast honey as an ingredient can still be sweetened with up to 25 times more table sugar or other syrups, analysis found.

High street coffee chains such as Pret a Manger, Leon and EAT promote honey as part of their 'healthy' porridge offering which all adds to a person's maximum free sugars intake.

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Yet to reduce the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, various cancers, liver disease and tooth decay we need to cut down on sugars from any source.

Action on Sugar at Queen Mary University of London analysed 223 honeys, syrups and sugar products from Aldi, ASDA, The Co-operative, Lidl, Marks & Spencer, Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Waitrose.

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They found honey can be up to 86 per cent free sugars, which are those added to food and drink, and maple syrup can be made of 88 per cent free sugars.

It found that adding a 7g teaspoon of honey to a cup of tea added about 6g of free sugar, while adding a teaspoon of table sugar would add 4g.

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One portion (15ml) of pure maple syrup contains 13.1g of total sugars - not that much less than 15g of table sugar.

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