Many people swear by honey as a healthy sweetener, an alternative to sugar or non-caloric chemical sweeteners. But can you go overboard on this tasty treat and is it really as good for you as you think?
There isn't currently a recommended daily intake level of sugar in Australia, but the World Health organisations says that we should reduce our 'free sugar' intake to be no more than 10% of our total kilojoule intake. So for the average Aussie that's no more 55 grams or 13 teaspoons of sugar per day.
“Stick to a tablespoon or less of honey per serving," Armul says. "One tablespoon provides 64 calories (and just over 17 grams of sugar). It may not seem like much, but that’s over four teaspoons worth of sugar." That translates to about one and a half tablespoons of honey per day, or 10 and a half tablespoons of honey per week—assuming that's your only source of added sugar. If it's not (and it most likely isn't), you should eat less.
Again, you shouldn't feel like you have to ditch honey for good. But you should keep in mind that it is sugar just like any other—and treat it as such. "Just measure your portion beforehand, keep it small, and watch other sources of added sugars throughout the day," says Armand.
This article originally appeared on Women's Health US