Keeping cholesterol levels in check and blood sugar stable, honey has been found to be beneficial for cardiometabolic health by a group of scientists from the University of Toronto.
Honey is typically used as a flavoring agent, but recent studies have shown that it also has significant health benefits. Raw honey from a single floral source had the greatest effect, the team also discovered.
The researchers in this study performed a comprehensive review and meta-analysis of honey clinical trials. Their research led them to the conclusion that honey consumption decreased fasting blood glucose and lowered LDL, the “bad cholesterol” that is an indicator of fatty liver disease. Research has shown that honey can reduce bad LDL cholesterol while increasing good HDL cholesterol.
In their most recent study, researchers from the University of Toronto provide the most in-depth look yet at honey and all the ways it can improve your life. The processing and floral source have also been investigated, as well as the more obvious benefits and drawbacks.
When discussing the context of their research results, the group of experts who posted in the journal Nutrition Reviews emphasized that the advantages were noticed in people who were already adhering to healthy dietary routines. Khan emphasized that nobody on the team believed that honey would magically improve their health. The main takeaway is that replacing refined sugars like table sugar or syrup with natural sweeteners like honey may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
With over 1,100 people included in the sample from 18 randomized controlled trials, the authors draw strong conclusions about the population at large. Each trial was given a grade so they could identify the ones with weak evidence. Honey was found to have positive or neutral effects, depending on the amount, method of processing, and type of flower used to produce it.