“Can I have honey with my green tea on the 17 Day Diet?” is a question I hear all the time.
Green tea is one of the main staples of the 17 Day Diet. The book advises us to drink at least a cup at each meal time – your green tea can be hot or cold.
Green tea has a lot of antioxidants and fat-burning properties that make it a dieter’s best friend.
However, many of us have a difficult time drinking green tea without any type of sweetener.
Can I have honey with my green tea?
If you review the 17 Day Diet Cycle food lists for Cycles 1, 2 and 3, you will not see sugar on any of the approved food lists let alone honey.
Honey is mainly comprised of glucose and fructose — the same properties as sugar.
Don’t get me wrong – I love honey and it has a lot of great qualities.
Honey contains a lot of antioxidants, helps lower bad cholesterol, and can even help lower triglycerides.
Plus, I personally feel honey is better than eating real sugar.
Sugar and Honey May Keep You From Losing Weight
There is a time and place for incorporating honey into your diet. When you’re sick, hot lemon water with a bit of honey will give you some immune-boosting properties.
However, when you eat too much sugar (honey, maple syrup, etc), this causes a spike in blood sugar levels and therefore increases insulin production.
This is not good for weight loss. There’s a reason why the 17 Day Diet recommends you limit your sugar intake, including fructose from higher-sugar fruits.
Cycle 1 is All About Detox
However, detox is one of the main focuses of Cycle 1 of the 17 Day Diet. This includes cutting out sugar, which includes honey.
So if you are like me and need your coffee or green tea sweetened, consider using Stevia, the officially approved sweetener of the 17 Day Diet.
The Stevia sweetener comes from the Stevia plant.
However, all Stevia-based products are not created equal. Be sure to check the manufacturer’s label because many brands contain sugar or artificial sweetener blends along with the stevia extract.
Plus, most Stevia-based products are heavily processed in order to extract the sweetener from the plant.
Stevia is also known to have a bitter aftertaste, so if you are sensitive to this, consider not using any sweetener over time.
Use Sweeteners Sparingly
At the end of the day, you’re going to have better success losing weight with the 17 Day Diet if you cut out all sweeteners.
While honey is a real food and has great qualities for improved health, having too much while you’re trying to lose weight may keep you from reaching your goals.
I always recommend eating real foods first, and raw honey is one of them. However, I’d use it sparingly while you’re trying to lose weight.
I’ve been loving the 17 Day Diet since 2011. As you know, your health & wellness is a life-long journey and food is one piece of the puzzle. I love sharing my favorite healthy recipes and meal plans to keep you motivated and on the right path to success!
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