Why I’ll Sweeten with Raw Honey, Not Fruit Juice

Why I’ll Sweeten with Raw Honey, Not Fruit Juice

  Our family embarked on the Whole30 last Wednesday. It’s been a mixed bag of results so far, some really good and some not so good. I’ll be posting about some of the not so good results during the week and talking about the adjustments we’ll be making to our plan. But one of the adjustments I knew we would make from the outset was to reach for honey as a “touch of sweet” in our cooking as opposed to fruit juice. Let me give you my three reasons why. Honey is a whole food. Fruit juice is not. The originators of the Whole30 are very clear that a major part of this program is to remove sugar and things that break down easily into sugar from the diet. You can read their book, It All Starts with Food, if you’d like to understand the fundamental workings of this priority. But suffice it to say, too much sugar wreaks havoc in pretty much every system of the body. And “too much sugar” is a lot less than what we might think. So the founders of this program say it’s okay to use fruit juice as a sweetener in dishes where it’s an absolute must, and they say it’s because they “had to draw the line somewhere.” But I would argue that this is not where the line should be drawn. The line should exclude fruit juice and include honey. Because honey is a whole food and fruit juice is not. Fruit juice is a component of juice. When the juice is extracted it leaves behind all of the fiber and...