I consume around 2 tbsp manuka honey a day, divided in 3 portions, mixed with sourcream, berries and almond meal. It is my dessert which is really uplifting, so I need very good reasons to get rid of it.
But I am also trying to heal my gut and lose weight.
After researching honey on the internet and this forum I got mixed impressions, that's why I'm asking for personal experience.
Did you get rid of honey consumption and felt better? Lost weight that didn't come off otherwise?
I notice that the more sweet stuff I eat, the more I want to eat. I found that ditching honey has made self-control easier, and I don't have that niggling "sweet-tooth". Not related to honey exactly, but it was my last sweetener, and I'm finding it far easier to stay paleo without it.
Honey was the last of my fructose-containing sweeteners to go too. I realised when I read Dr Mercola's article about fructose (where he strongly recommends keeping your TOTAL fructose consumption below 25 grams per day, and for many people less than 15 grams), that I was actually addicted to riding the sugar rollercoaster created by my 3-6 hot drinks a day each sweetened with (about a tsp of) the "good" sweetener of raw, organic, wild honey.
I had been thinking all the enzymatic benefits of the raw stuff made up for the fructose/glucose it contained. Turns out I was wrong. (Each teaspoon of honey has nearly four grams of fructose as about 70-80% of honey is fructose. Oh and the 20-30% glucose portion helps to speed up the bad effects of the fructose portion.) I also realised after watching a lecture by Dr. Robert Lustig (the video is also at the first link above) that by drinking the fructose it contained I was in further danger of creating metabolic derangement. Awesome one.
I noticed a major difference when I switched to using liquid stevia or dried stevia leaf powder as a sweetener. I no longer regularly crave "hot drinks" (aka. ma little sugar hits) throughout the day. (I notice your "dessert" is spread over three portions throughout the day supporting the theory that perhaps you too are inadvertently riding the insulin-coaster like I was. Plus two tablespoons is about 6 teaspoons over the course of the day.)
I still do buy raw, organic/wild honey (mainly to wash my hair with, mixed with baking soda and rinsed after with apple cider vinegar/water mix) and raw, super-active manuka (mainly for washing my face with and to use in topical skin treatments like masks). I only very occasionally eat any at all now - maybe 1/2 a teaspoon added to every 4th batch of homemade paleo chocolate (which I make weekly) for an additional sweet element aong with the stevia, as together they hit more of the sweet receptors on the tongue making for a slightly more decadent treat. After cutting the honey out completely elsewhere, the scant 1/2 tsp throughout the whole batch (which half-fills about 20 ice-cube tray segments) once a month, is really noticeable. Having said that, manuka has a great many medicinal applications and I would certainly add the manuka honey back into hot lemon & sage/thyme drinks again if I was sick with a cold or flu for example - though that hasn't been an issue so far since going primal/paleo (and using 4-5mls of elderberry tincture at times of stress, seasonal changes or potential exposure to catchy-bugs).
These days I make my "dessert" with raw, organic whipping cream (or yoghurt which has been long-fermented and made from raw milk), liquid stevia, vanilla extract and cinnamon (or other spices) and berries - I find my tastebuds have adjusted and the sweetness from the stevia and the berries are more than enough - maybe you will find you can replace yours the same way? I reckon you'll notice a major difference without the 2 tablespoons a day! :)
I still eat it occasionally but probably only 2 or 3 tbsps per week. I put it in tea when I get a sore throat and sometimes I go super treat on the post workout snack and mash a banana with almond butter and 1 tbsp of buckwheat honey.
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