100 thoughts on “The Healthiest Sweetener

  1. Just add fruit to whatever u need to sweeten. Fructose is the healthiest type of sugar. Even avoid eating dried fruits like dates. I like to use berries, green bananas and original variety apples.

  2. this is stupid. sugar is still sugar, unless you use pure glucose syrup you are still killing your liver by bombing it with fructose, which is responsible for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, increased fat deposits in abdomen and plain old artery clogging.

  3. dates are sooo delicious . we've been eating them for thousands of years and they were recommended by prophecies aswell

  4. Very interesting results–however, would you say that the best sweeteners are just "healthier" or actually "healthy"? That is, if someone were consuming no added sugar, would you advise them to add date sugar or molasses to their diets?

    Even the best sweeteners are still entirely simple carbs (slight exception for date sugar, but even whole dried dates are far inferior to fresh fruit). I would guess that if you're eating a diet full of veggies and fruit, the extra antioxidants from sweeteners won't improve your health. Would love to hear your take, though!

  5. Honey is not healthy? Also curious as to why Molasse is so good, when it's actually a waste product of regular sugar production?

  6. Banana is the most health promoting sweetener. Try to put a banana in a quacamole, its so good. I love bananas.

  7. As the title is the healthiest sweetener then I think that all health aspects ought to have been considered. Raw honey for example appears to have valuable nutrients.

  8. this guy's leaving way too much out of his analysis as to which is best for people. maybe all people don't have the exact same needs either.

  9. What about raw honey? Does this not fair better than the heated and processed honey found in supermarkets?

  10. I knew date sugar would come out on top because the Arabs have used dates for centuries to provide a lot of nutrition with little volume during their trek through the deserts

  11. Stevia, one without fillers, is actually used as medicine against bacteria that create biofilm and is useful to treat Lyme and maybe other diseases like MS. He is looking at nutritional value but where I am looking is not feeding infection and inflammation so stevia is a winner. A quality stevia of course. We as creatures do not need all these other sweeteners, they are a crutch and they add to inflammation and overgrowth of the wrong organisms. So what is wrong with living within a less sweet world? If you are drinking a lot of lemon water as part of your detox adoption or two of stevia can make it more of a " treat"

  12. I am aware of your preference for dates and date sugar … and it makes total sense to me … However, I am not certain that honey is so lacking in beneficial effects … Therefore, I wish to submit the following "evidence" so that you can vet it and include anything that might be of value to me (us) out here in the world of conflicting information.  Thank you.

    On Honey ~ Health Benefits ~

    … evidence based science … a brief Google search provided the following …

    🔹 Traditional and Modern Uses of Natural Honey in Human Diseases: A Review

    Honey is a by-product of flower nectar and the upper aero-digestive tract of the honey bee, which is concentrated through a dehydration process inside the bee hive. Honey has a very complex chemical composition that varies depending on the botanical source. It has been used both as food and medicine since ancient times. Human use of honey is traced to some 8000 years ago as depicted by Stone Age paintings. In addition to important role of natural honey in the traditional medicine, during the past few decades, it was subjected to laboratory and clinical investigations by several research groups and it has found a place in modern medicine. Honey has been reported to have an inhibitory effect on around 60 species of bacteria, some species of fungi and viruses. Antioxidant capacity of honey is important in many disease conditions and is due to a wide range of compounds including phenolics, peptides, organic acids, enzymes, and Maillard reaction products. Honey has also been used in some gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, inflammatory and neoplastic states. This review covers the composition, physico-chemical properties and the most important uses of natural honey in human diseases.


    🔹 Biological and therapeutic effects of honey produced by honey bees and stingless bees: a comparative review

    Honey is a natural product produced by both honey bees and stingless bees. Both types of honey contain unique and distinct types of phenolic and flavonoid compounds of variable biological and clinical importance. Honey is one of the most effective natural products used for wound healing. In this review, the traditional uses and clinical applications of both honey bee and stingless bee honey – such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antihyperlipidemic, and cardioprotective properties; the treatment of eye disorders, gastrointestinal tract diseases, neurological disorders, and fertility disorders and wound healing activity are described.


    🔹 Neurological Effects of Honey: Current and Future Prospects

    Honey is the only insect-derived natural product with therapeutic, traditional, spiritual, nutritional, cosmetic, and industrial value. In addition to having excellent nutritional value, honey is a good source of physiologically active natural compounds, such as polyphenols. Unfortunately, there are very few current research projects investigating the nootropic and neuropharmacological effects of honey, and these are still in their early stages. Raw honey possesses nootropic effects, such as memory-enhancing effects, as well as neuropharmacological activities, such as anxiolytic, antinociceptive, anticonvulsant, and antidepressant activities. Research suggests that the polyphenol constituents of honey can quench biological reactive oxygen species and counter oxidative stress while restoring the cellular antioxidant defense system. Honey polyphenols are also directly involved in apoptotic activities while attenuating microglia-induced neuroinflammation. Honey polyphenols are useful in improving memory deficits and can act at the molecular level. Therefore, the ultimate biochemical impact of honey on specific neurodegenerative diseases, apoptosis, necrosis, neuroinflammation, synaptic plasticity, and behavior-modulating neural circuitry should be evaluated with appropriate mechanistic approaches using biochemical and molecular tools.


    🔹 The Sweet Science of Honey

    Our search of the medical literature turned up several studies over the past few years that have shown a range of health benefits from honey. Those included a number of studies linking honey consumption to reduced risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as blood sugar levels and cholesterol, perhaps due to its antioxidant components.


    🔹 21 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Honey

    Why Honey
    If you’re not taking full advantage of the nutritional and medicinal properties of honey, it’s time to begin doing so because honey is a remarkable healing agent for all sorts of ailments.

    People have been using honey for its antibacterial and antifungal properties since the ancient times.

    In fact, the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians documented the healing properties of honey as early as Aristotle’s mention of it in 384 BC.


    🔹 Medicinal Uses of Honey

    Honey has a long medicinal history. The ancient Egyptians not only made offerings of honey to their gods, they also used it as an embalming fluid and a dressing for wounds. On that last point, at least, they were on to something.

    Today, many people swarm to honey for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Holistic practitioners consider it one of nature's best all-around remedies.

    But outside of the laboratory, claims for honey's healthfulness are unproven — except in the area of wound care and, to a lesser extent, cough suppression.
    Here's the truth behind the claims about honey's health benefits — and an important warning.


    🔹 Preventing and treating colds: The evidence and the anecdotes

    ”Natural” cold remedies
    So now you’ve got a cold. What treatments are effective? If you want to go all-natural, then there is weak evidence showing that honey, just a tablespoon of plain old honey, can help with the cough associated with the common cold, especially in children.11,12,13,14 The physiologic mechanism for this is unclear, but it may explain why we get temporary relief from sugary cough drops. (Note: Never give honey to children under a year of age due to risk of botulism.)

    1. Effect of honey, dextromethorphan, and no treatment on nocturnal cough and sleep quality for coughing children and their parents. Paul IM, Beiler J, McMonagle A, et al. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine
    2. A comparison of the effect of honey, dextromethorphan, and diphenhydramine on nightly cough and sleep quality in children and their parents. Shadkam MN, Mozaffari-Khosravi H, Mozayan MR. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
    3. Effect of honey on nocturnal cough and sleep quality: double-blind a. randomized, placebo-controlled study. Cohen HA, Rozen J, Kristal H, et al. Pediatrics, September 2012.
    4. Honey for acute cough in children. Oduwole O, Meremikwu MM, Oyo-Ita A, Udoh EE. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, December 23, 2014.


    🔹 Evidence-based medicine series: The many medical benefits of manuka honey

    In my new ‘Evidence-based medicine series’ I take you through the scientific evidence for common, but not always mainstream, treatments and remedies.  First up is manuka honey.

    The many medical benefits of manuka honey

    If I ever have a sore throat I always reach for a spoonful of active manuka honey. I swear by it, as time and again it seems to heal my sore throat and, even better, I don’t go on to develop a nasty cold virus. As a scientist, I know there is a great deal of scientific evidence for the anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of active manuka honey from New Zealand and Australia.  Research has demonstrated a strong inhibitor effect of manuka honey against the influenza virus


    … to be continued in follow up …

  13. Part 2… continued from prior post

     I am aware of your preference for dates and date sugar … and it makes total sense to me … However, I am not certain that honey is so lacking in beneficial effects … Therefore, I wish to submit the following "evidence" so that you can vet it and include anything that might be of value to me (us) out here in the world of conflicting information.  Thank you.

     On Honey ~ Health Benefits ~

     … evidence based science … a brief Google search provided the following …

     🔹 An Evidence-Based Systematic Review of Bee Pollen by the Natural Standard Research Collaboration

    ABSTRACT. An evidence-based systematic review including written and statistical analysis of scientific literature, expert opinion, folkloric precedent, history, pharmacology, kinetics/dynamics, interactions, adverse effects, toxicology, and dosing


     Athletic Performance Enhancement

    Summary: Preliminary studies suggest that the use of bee pollen does not significantly enhance athletic performance. However, well-designed clinical trials are required before recommendations can be made in this

    Evidence: No changes in objective measures of athletic performance were reported in a group of athletes taking bee pollen for 75 days. Athletic performance was evaluated in this double-blind, placebo controlled study of 46 normal healthy adults (ages 20–42 years). All subjects ingested similar capsules, one of which contained granulated brown sugar, the other 400 mg bee pollen. Six tests were administered before and after the 75-day administration period. These tests were VO2max, forced vital capacity, forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1), grip strength, percent body fat, and body weight. No statistically significant differences were noted in scores (Chandler & Hawkins, 1985).

    The effects of a six-week course of pollen extract administration were investigated on a variety of physiological parameters in a group (N=20) of adolescent swimmers. At the time of the study, all subjects were
    training on a daily basis. During the course of the study, maximum oxygen uptake increased in both the treatment group and the placebo group. There were no differences between the responses of the two groups. Vital capacity showed a significant increase in the treatment group, but not in the placebo group. The number of training days missed due to upper respiratory tract infections was less in the pollen treatment group (4 days) than in the placebo group (27 days). It was suggested that if the study had been of longer duration, this may have resulted in an improved performance by the pollen treatment group due to fewer interruptions to training (Maughan & Evans, 1982)

     Cancer Treatment Side-Effects

    Summary: In a preliminary study, bee pollen was found to reduce some adverse effects of cancer treatment. Well-designed clinical trials are required before recommendations can be made in this field.

    Evidence: Bee pollen was effective in reducing adverse effects of cancer treatment in a double-blind, placebo controlled study of 25 women with inoperable uterine cancer. The stresses and adverse effects of radiation, such as anorexia, nausea, alopecia, inflammation, and sleeplessness were less in the bee pollen group. Leukocyte concentrations were also higher (Murray, 1991).


    Summary: In a preliminary study, bee pollen, as part of multiplant therapy, was not found to increase memory in an elderly group of subjects.  Well-designed clinical trials are required before recommendations can be made in this field.

     Evidence (combination study): No significant effects on memory, as determined by Wechsler Memory Scale scores, were noted in a three month, double-blind, placebo controlled, cross-over study of 100 elderly Danish volunteers taking NaO Li Su (a Chinese remedy which contains bee pollen as well as radix polygoni multiflore, semem ziziphi spinosae, radix salviae multiorhizae, fructus schisandrae, and fructus ligustris lucidae) (Iversen et al., 1997).

     Multiple Sclerosis

    Summary: In a preliminary study, bee pollen, as part of multi-bee product therapy, was found to decrease symptoms of multiple sclerosis.  Well-designed clinical trials are required before recommendations can be made in this field.

     Evidence (combination study): Apitherapy (including bee venom, bee pollen, and honey) improved symptoms in 92 patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). Three 20-day courses of bee venom 4.5 mg daily was administered over one year. Honey 30 g twice daily (orally) was administered with bee pollen 10 g daily for six months. No other therapy was given. The forms of MS in this group were cerebrospinal (70 patients) and cerebellar (22 patients). Stage I to II patients represented 72.8% and stage III to IV patients were 27.2%. Clinical improvement was seen in 100% of patients and 72.8% of disabled patients were able to return to work (Krivopalov-Moscvin, 1997). In this study the criteria used to determine clinical improvement and improvement type were not cited and no control group was mentioned.

    An Evidence-Based Systematic Review of Bee Pollen by the Natural Standard Research Collaboration (PDF Download Available). 


  14. Ya.. Stevia is also healthy but one should choose 100% pure & natural stevia. Just make sure that the ingredient is just stevia extract. I am using this brand called FDS

  15. Why did he not address how each one effects blood sugar and it’s glycemic index?? Dr Gregor, please do another video on each sweeteners affect on ones blood sugar and include other sweeteners such as stevia, coconut sugar, xylitol etc. I would also be curious to know the quality of products used. Not all honey, maple syrup are created equal. A lot of it is just diluted with corn syrup. You need to make sure you’re using the real stuff, not just honey bear.

  16. I tried molasses recently and I just found it horrible , it may be somewhat sweet but it has other nasty flavours going on that detract from any sweetness. I put a bit in my coffee, my coffee turned like tar black (not coffee black) and it didn't taste like coffee anymore, maybe I used a bad brand, does anybody like this stuff and what do you recommend doing with it?

  17. It's so deceptive for them to call something ultra refined: "brown rice syrup" as if to connotate it's healthier or wholer.

  18. I absolutely love dates, whether deglet noor dates or medjool dates. I can eat so many of em. But the taste is so great that I know I have to work out just to get enough calories burned off to eat more

  19. Wow this video was so exciting. I was on the edge of my seat! The suspense of not knowing which one was best was almost too much to handle!…

  20. Exactly what does nutrition have to do with these choices? Most of these (and I think the exception is date sugar) are not only totally worthless as far as nutrition goes, but worse, they create insulin resistance, and probably contribute to a number of other diseases. Dr. Greger has another video on sugar substitutes, where by he compares stevia, sucralose, etc, And contrary to the worthlessness of this video, it is very good.

  21. I use unsweetened apple sauce, but I know that apples would be better, since they are less processed, and include the healthiest part, the peel. Convenience is hard to resist.

  22. This video is good, but limited to antioxidants in sweeteners. I found a video that covers the topic in a more comprehensive way. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKpJc4Kbzd4&t=3s

  23. A problem with most sweeteners is not that they are just "empty calories", but that they also impair the absorption of nutrients, such as iron.

    I would like to see how molasses or date sugar measure up.

  24. 𝐃𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐫𝐚𝐰 𝐮𝐧𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐡𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐲?

  25. I need to hear from you, can i make my bakery or bisuits with honey instead of usual sugar? Does honey become harmful with high temperatures??

  26. Hey,
    What about Beet Syrup? I have never used it, but it is the most local sweetener around and I was just wondering how good/bad beet syrup is compared to the other sweeteners. Any data on this?

  27. What kind of honey was compared? Huge difference between the cheap stuff and the good stuff, both in price and in purported nutrition.

  28. I'm a huge fan of nutritionfacts.org and have learned so much. But I think this is the worst video of any that Greger has done, both in form and content. I hope he would consider revisiting this topic.

  29. But, evaporated (organic) sugar cane is not empty calories! In fact, sugar cane juice from sugar cane contains magnesium and other important nutrients. Sure, not the overly processed stuff but evaporated cane juice is dried sugar cane, which when minimally-processed, has the aforementioned nutrients. What say you to that, nutritionfacts.org?

  30. Date Sugar is like 15€ a kg on amazon, that would be some expensive cake.. even coconut sugar or xylit is cheaper, it's literally the most expensive one I know. And I guess you would need even more than 'real' sugar because date sugar isn't as sweet?

  31. I was rooting for date sugar because it wont dissapear in my tea… but I was blown away by Agave syrup…

  32. Interesting since agave and brown rice syrup are often marketed as superior or “healthier” sweeteners, especially in the health food industry.

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