Is honey healthy? Does saturated fat make blood thicker?

Answered on October 22, 2016
Created October 21, 2016 at 2:53 PM

Is honey any better than sugar? I've noticed when i eat set, cold extracted honey i do not have any of the problems i have with sugar. I don't use much just a tea spoon in my morning coffee and sometimes i use it in recipes.

Also, ive heard conflicting things from dr oz, in one episode he states that saturated fat from animal sources thickens the blood but in another episode he has chris kresser on talking about how saturated fat isnt an issue? Thoughts on his practice? Any evidence saturated fat makes blood literally thicker?

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on October 22, 2016
at 02:56 PM

Honey does have some interesting properties such as built in antibiotics, but it is very high in sugars, so as long as you don't have issues with that, it's fine. It can be problematic if you've got systemic candida or other gut flora overgrowths, or are diabetic or pre-diabetic, or have liver issues. But small amounts shouldn't be a problem. I've never heard of saturated fat causing blood to thicken, why would it? Certainly transfats and too many n6 PUFAs can cause cardio vascular damage, but saturated fats do not oxidize readily so aren't as problematic. Nor is cholesterol from foods such as eggs an issue because it makes only a tiny difference, and the beneficial nutrients in the egg yolks make it well worth it to eat even half a dozen at a time without issue. As for the thickness of blood, that would have more to do with your level of hydration than anything else. I really wouldn't get my health news from Dr. Oz. He's had some good moments, but it's usual conventional "knowledge" which is way out of date and flawed. There were certainly a lot of retarded ideas in the past, like if you eat solid fats they'll be solid in your blood, like somehow arteries are solid pipes and they can be clogged and if you eat liquid fats it won't do that. It really doesn't work like that at all. We break down fats with digestive enzymes, and then they're packed up as lipo-proteins to protect them from oxidation. But if you're worried about "the bad cholesterol", that's caused by chronically high carb intake over years, and only when they're allowed to circulate for too long because then they tend to get oxidized. Normally LDL is actually beneficial and is even used by the immune system.

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