DESPITE the popular belief that honey is good for us, one charity has warned consumers are being ‘misled’ into eating it in ‘excessive’ quantities.
Action on Sugar analysed 223 honey-based products from UK supermarkets and found many contained honeys which are full of normal sugar.
While honeys such as Manuka may provide some additional health benefits, experts warned they still contain ‘free sugars,’ which can lead to type 2 diabetes and obesity. Action on Sugar said misinformation surrounding honeys made many people unaware their sugar levels are as high as table sugars.
Campaign lead Dr Kawther Hashem said: “It’s disappointing that companies boast about products containing honey, knowing that honey and syrups are nearly as high in sugars as table sugar.”
The charity is now demanding the government creates a requirement for front of pack labelling to display a product’s sugar content.