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Honey for kids

Honey for kids
Every kid loves sweets, some more than others and there is actually a genetic predisposition for wanting to consume bigger quantities of sweets. Both honey and sugar have a similar composition, honey has 20% water and 80% carbohydrates. Both honey and sugar need to be consumed with care in low quantities, especially by kids.

Honey claims to have wide medical uses and tons of other health benefits. I'm reserved when it comes to the miracles honey can produce, but I agree that between honey and sugar, honey is the lesser evil and I will probably have my kid eat a little honey before I give him anything with lots of sugar.

Pros
  • Unlike sugar, honey does contain some small quantities of vitamin B and C but also minerals like calcium, potassium, iron, and antioxidants. Because of these benefits honey is considered to be the logical and natural choice when it comes to sweetening.
  • Honey has very powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial properties. In some cases like a sore throat, honey may be the perfect natural remedy.
  • Honey has a bigger sweetening effect compared with sugar, so you will need to add honey in smaller quantities.
  • Honey can help with digestion.
  • Natural honey may harden your immune system.

Cons
  • The naturist treatment effects of honey haven't been backed by science yet although I personally used honey to calm my sore throat pain even though I haven't managed to treat it entirely with honey.
  • Eating a lot of honey may have the same effects on your body, just like sugar: increase weight, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, caries and hipper activity in children.
  • Kids below one year of age shouldn't have honey altogether. A certain bacteria known as Ceostridium botulinum may be present in the honey.

Supporters

sspi

Honey

Honey is more healthy when used in moderation. It is important to make sure kids wash their teeth afterwards though.
Posted by sspi on 10-13-2017
peachpurple

honey

kids should not take too much sugar because they will induce obesity as they grow older. SO the best bet is to take honey instead of white sugar because honey is natural sweetness from the bees while sugar is produced in factories with sugar cane.

I usually give my kids honey drinks or honey based cookies which they love very much. Although honey is expensive than white sugar, it is advisable to purchase honey. You can also buy fresh honey from vendors instead of supermarket. Those are cheaper although there isn't any brand.

Posted by peachpurple on 10-13-2017
overcast

Honey

I have found that honey is more safe. And people should be really be using that in daily life. And this way they can have safe consumption of sugar. And the consumption of regular sugar can be good enough for them. And as you can see that many doctors recommend it for people of all ages. That's something we have to consider as well.
Posted by overcast on 10-13-2017
wallet

Honey for kids

Honey is more indicated for kids because honey it has a lot of health benefits, it helps in raising the immunity, it helps to fight with some allergies and honey is doing much better for kids health than sugar.
Posted by wallet on 10-14-2017
gata montes

Beneficial to health

Bearing in mind that - added and artificial sugar is totally unnecessary for our health - as it has absolutely no nutritional value whatsoever and only adds calories - unlike the naturally occurring sugars found in foods such as fruit, vegetables and honey - which are necessary - as they are needed in order for our bodies to function correctly.

No doubt about it - pure natural unadulterated honey - is for sure the way, way better option here - especially as - apart from being totally natural - its healthier too - as the many properties and nutrients it contains - are - unlike sugar - actually beneficial to the body.

Posted by gata montes on 10-13-2017
Marvadaum

Healthier

Honey can sweeten our dishes while remaining all natural and also it contains vitamins and anti-oxidants. No reason to pick sugar over it really
Posted by Marvadaum on 10-14-2017
wiseagent

Honey, please.

The two options can be a complicating factor for children's health if they aren't properly dosed. However, looking at the scenario completely, I think honey is much more effective than the sugar itself because it manages to preserve many nutritional aspects.
Posted by wiseagent on 10-13-2017
blank629

Honey for the kids.

Even though honey is costly, it is way better to sugar. And the nutrients you can get in it is important to our body especially for kids. So I would recommend to use honey as sweets. It is only based on my opinion.
Posted by blank629 on 10-15-2017
tophew

Healthier

No doubt honey has more vitamins like C and D than sugar. Sugar is only plain sweet that can heavily cost diabetes which is not good. But for honey, honey is good for the health just not take to much honey so that you will not have diabetes balance intake only to get the vitamins that honey have. We my kids takes 1 spoon of honey a day for vitamins.
Posted by tophew on 10-13-2017
Heatman

Best and more Healthy

When you are looking for a perfect sweetener for your kids, then you shouldn't be looking too far or getting worried about what's best to use. Natural Honey for kids is the best sweetener you could ever offer to your children.

Only the fact alone that it's make out of living live beers makes it more healthy for consumption and with practically no side effects whatsoever. Sugars are good but excessive intake of it, is definitely not good for ones health at the long run.

Posted by Heatman on 10-12-2017
Juliemonkey

Honey

Honey is a natural source that is sold either raw or pasteurised. Its antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, which are not present in table sugar.
Posted by Juliemonkey on 10-13-2017

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Sugar for kids

Sugar for kids
White death. This is the name many nutritionists had assigned to sugar. The biggest problem with sugar is that it may be present in everything nowadays. A single glass of soda or piece of cake can have up to 10 tablespoons of sugar.

Refined sugar is almost entirely made out of sucrose.

I personally want to keep my kid away from sugar for as long as possible. If he doesn't know the taste he won't understand what he is missing and won't ask for it. Maybe I'll give him some honey-based foods after he turns one year of age, but won't be giving him anything that contains sugar until he is at least three years of age.

Once your kid does discover sugar you should be careful not to fall into extremes and eat it excessively. Anything beyond 3 small spoons of sugar per day is excessive. So be very careful about what he eats/drinks and how much sugar that stuff contains.

Pros
  • Many experts recommend you better eat fruits if you want sugar, but the truth is the most part of the sugar in fruits is still refined sugar that contains sucrose but in essence, the sugar from fruits is still better compared to normal sugar because it absorbed slowly and won't significantly increase blood sugar.

Cons
  • Our organism doesn't need sugar. It is strictly a taste enhancement, designed only for pleasure. And there is no healthy type of sugar.
  • Sugar is present in almost all processed foods. But the highest quantities can be found in sodas and even in fruit yogurt.
  • Sugar can be disastrous on kids health if eaten in excess combined with high fats foods. It may taste good but sugar is dangerous and should be kept away from kids at every opportunity.
  • Sugar can create dependency and it may be even more aggressive than a high-risk drug.
  • Sugar doesn't really increase the level of energy of kids in a natural way, it generally increases the kid's energy abruptly for a short period of time only to drop to low levels making the kid lethargic and unable to concentrate properly.

Supporters

idealmikey

There's no evidence sugar is bad for you in modera

White death? That's a bit extreme isn't it? Man there's nothing wrong with a bit of sugar! It's all a lot of rubbish when they say it's bad for you. Who's to say it's bad for you? Some "professional"? How do they really know? I think it's all a load of rubbish and they're laughing behind your back. I've eaten tons of sugar all my life. I still do. I've never had any health problems. Haven't lost one tooth. I'm not overweight. I'm fit and healthy and don't have diabetes or anything like that. And I know a lot of people that eat sugar in excess. Both in my own age group and people much older than me who have devoured the stuff since they was a young person and still do and they don't have any health problems either. This sugar scare is all just a load of rubbish and they're trying to blame health conditions on it. Sure, if you eat only sugary things all the time, if you don't eat healthy things and don't exercise and work out and lead a healthy lifestyle then sure, you might have some health problems. But don't blame it all on the sugar. There's no evidence or anything what so ever to back up these claims that too much sugar is bad for you. Too much of anything is bad for you. But only if you do/eat too much of it and not enough of anything else. So don't blame it on sugar and call it "White death". That's just using sugar as a scapegoat. It's about lifestyle not sugar. Although some people can't eat it for health reasons. Most people (myself included) can eat it and not have any problems now and for the rest of my life. And if I do get any health problems when I'm older, I wont be blaming it on sugar. Enough said! :)
Posted by idealmikey on 10-13-2017

Comments

Rhodolite
Both honey and sugar are sugar. Since most honey is pasteurized any antibacterial benefit or even high vitamin nutritional benefit is lost in the pasteurization process. Anything in moderation is good overall, anything overdone is bad for the body. Honey's got a certain flavor that is good for some stuff and sugar is good for sweetening others, but overall both need to be taken in moderation. They're both sugars regardless.
Posted by Rhodolite on 10-12-2017
honeybabe
Honey once described as ‘nectar of the gods ‘it is often considered a ‘natural’, healthier sweetener than sugar. Honey has been a traditional sweetener for thousands of years long before we discovered how to extract and refine sugar from sugar cane or sugar beet. Honey contains small amounts of plant acids, waxes, gums, pigments and volatile oils which have antioxidant and antibacterial properties however few of us eat honey. We’re much more likely to use a teaspoon or tablespoon here and there. Both can be use as sweeter both are still sugar use it in moderation.
Posted by honeybabe on 10-13-2017
amitkokiladitya
I will definitely choose honey for my child. Taking into consideration the anti bacterial, anti inflammatory, and antioxidant power of honey, I would love to incorporate it in my child's diet but within limits.

Taking honey will be far better than consuming plain sugar or other sugary substances. An instant source of huge amount of sugar can easily curb appetite. Moreover, excess sugar consumption can also lead to the onset of dental caries.

The benefits of honey are manifold. Recent studies have shown that honey is helpful in fighting against cancer. Apart from having a positive impact on the internal functioning of the body, honey also helps to improve body skin and hair. Taking all of this into consideration, sugar falls far behind honey.
Posted by amitkokiladitya on 10-13-2017
overcast
I think honey is one of the safest food you can say. And it has sugar which is more healthy than anything. And for that reason alone I think it'd be fair for the kids to make use of the sugar. I am sure that there are some of the times when the kids make use of the honey on the bread and other stuff. Like say pan cakes. So it is good enough. And that can be surely something one can see as well.
Posted by overcast on 10-13-2017
Corzhens
I have to admit that it is not easy to wean children away from sugar. Honey is sweet but it's taste is not the same as sugar. For example in the lemonade, sweetened by sugar is the usual and if you use honey, the taste is like medicine. That's the comment of the kids. I take a tablespoon of honey in the morning after waking up. It regulates my toilet habit, if you know what I mean. So unlike others who spend so much time in the bathroom in the morning, I spend just about 5 minutes because of the honey. Maybe if there will be a campaign to use honey instead of sugar then it can influence the kids.
Posted by Corzhens on 10-13-2017
Pixie
We are all aware that honey has lots of health benefits. There are also many types of honey available. Honey is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal and can help in preventing or curing certain diseases. Furthermore, honey is really good for the skin. I really love the honey scrub that I usually make. However, it is not advisable to give a child below 1 year old honey as there is a great chance that the child may get bolutism.
Posted by Pixie on 10-13-2017
lovely
Honey is the way to go if we need to add any sweetener to your kids stuff because it more healthy than consuming sugar.It properties helps the body to break honey down easily than added sugar.Honey is sweeter and contains vitamins which aid the body to function properly and help the immune system of the kids to grow.Honey has so much health benefits for the kids than sugae.
Posted by lovely on 10-13-2017
Denis_P
Well before I go into anything else, we have to remember that even honey is absolutely packed with sugar so it is important to use it in moderation. Obviously it has plenty of it because that's what makes it so sweet! But if you're going to make the decision to sweeten your kids' food, because what kid doesn't want a bit of sweetness with their drinks and meals, I would definitely rather go with honey. Not only is it healthy and has many medicinal benefits, but natural sugar is always going to be healthier than that refined, processed junk and especially high fructose corn syrup.
Posted by Denis_P on 10-14-2017
vinaya
I don't know why kids are fascinated with food that is sweet. However eating too much eating sweet food is not very good for a child's health, it will increase child obesity, it will also assist in tooth decay. Honey has many health benefits, it is a natural sweetner, therefore, I think honey is better than sugar whether for kids or adults.
Posted by vinaya on 10-14-2017
hermessantos
Sugar is bad for anyone, including children. Honey is certainly a healthier food for sweetening food. However, anyone who suffers from diabetes should be cautious even with the consumption of honey. Everything that is in excess is bad for health, however healthy it may be.
Posted by hermessantos on 10-16-2017