Why You Should Ditch Sugar In Favor of Honey Sugar is really, really bad for you. In fact, studies have shown that mice will eventually prefer sugar to cocaine. It’s also now (finally) being scientifically attributed to our obesity epidemic in the United States. Honey is a whole food. Taken in isolation (as sugar does), these compounds can cause a lot of problems. As a group, they are really beneficial. Man has been using honey to sweeten food for many, many thousands of years and evolved with it. Sugar has now been around for a while but not even close to as long, and the process is getting further and further from you eating a natural product. Honey has been shown to reduce appetites without having the detrimental glucose response, and has, in fact, been shown to reduce blood glucose. Real, unprocessed and unpasteurized local honey can help with allergies. I switched to using honey in my tea a while back after I posted a question on my facebook page about it. Interestingly, once you do that for a while, your taste buds shift their preference. If you can find locally-produced honey, it may be the best bet but damn is it expensive. I finally settled down on just ordering YS Organic Bee Farms organic raw honey. My only problem is that I don’t always remember to order more in time for the new stuff to come in so I occasionally have to go to the grocery store to get more.