At Fuel for the Machine we are not fans of "sports energy drinks", there's just too much sugar, and we all know that sugar is the devil. So whenever possible we substitute honey in place of sugar.
Honey is a great natural source of complex carbohydrates, which provide both immediate and sustained energy. Honey contains equal parts organic fructose and glucose that do not need to be digested and therefore can be quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, offering a quick boost of energy when needed.
Beyond the sweet energy, honey has the added benefit of containing natural antioxidants, protein, vitamins and minerals. Honey has also been found to decrease muscle exhaustion and keep blood sugar levels more constant than other sweeteners. Different honeys contain different nutrients, but generally, the darker the honey, the more benefits.
Honey is a great source of complex carbohydrates which
provide both immediate and sustained energy.
And not to be gross, but honey is actually digested and then regurgitated by bees. The upside is that if cane sugar upsets your stomach, natural honey is much easier to metabolize.
Your best bet is to get your honey from a farmer's market or some local or trusted source. Be wary of mass produced honey sold in groceries. These "honeys" can be enhanced without indicating any difference on the label. If a honey is inexpensive it may not be truly pure honey.
Try a spoonful before a big workout or have some tea with honey in place of a sugared energy drink. You can use honey to replace sugar in many ways. Use honey to sweeten oatmeal, plain yogurt and even your morning coffee.
We think honey is pure liquid gold.