Dining – A Focus on Nutrition and Friendships
Dining at Garden Place is a hallmark of our commitment to champion quality of life for all seniors. We tickle our residents' taste buds with homemade meals and at Garden Place, we believe there is nothing more important than healthy, delicious, made from scratch meals – so come grow with us, both nutritionally and emotionally.
Katy is the Dietary Manager at Garden Place Senior Living. Nothing is more important than healthy, delicious, from-scratch meals for our seniors! You now have the chance to “Kook with Katy.”
Here are some of her favorite recipes in addition to a section called "Food for Thought," which will offer up cooking tips and information to help you make healthier choices.
Honey vs. Sugar
Fast facts that might help when trying to decide which is best for you:
- Sugar is a potential source of the carbohydrates you need daily, but eating too much may increase your risk for certain diseases.
- Honey can help kill germs and promote healing of minor cuts and burns.
- Honey has more calories than sugar, but it’s also sweeter. You may find you need less honey than sugar to get the desired sweetness.
When you brew a cup of hot tea, do you reach for honey or sugar? Although both may add sweetness to your drink, their nutritional benefits vary.
Honey and sugar are both carbohydrates composed primarily of glucose and fructose. They’re used as ingredients in many prepackaged foods and recipes. Both can result in weight gain if overused.
Honey’s reputation for being healthier may have some basis, but honey isn’t considered a health food. So which is healthier? Here’s what you need to know.
Bees use the nectar they collect from flowers to create honey. This thick substance is typically consumed in liquid form and can range in color from pale yellow to dark brown.
Honey is composed primarily of water and two sugars: fructose and glucose. It also contains trace amounts of:
- Amino acids
- B vitamins
- Vitamin C
Many of the antioxidants found in honey are classified as flavonoids. Flavonoids have anti-inflammatory properties, which may provide some health benefits.
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The exact nutritional makeup of honey varies based on its origin. There are more than 300 varieties of honey, including:
- Golden blossom
Each variety of honey has a distinct color and flavor. For example, buckwheat honey is a popular dark honey known for its malty taste. Fireweed honey is a light variety that’s nearly translucent in color and has a tea-like flavor.
No matter which type you prefer, any kind of honey can spike blood sugar levels.
BENEFITS OF HONEY
- You can use a smaller amount of honey without sacrificing sweetness.
- It contains traces of vitamins and minerals.
- Raw honey may help alleviate your allergies.
Honey is higher in fructose than glucose. Fructose is sweeter than glucose, so you may be able to use a smaller amount of honey in your food or drink without sacrificing sweetness. The trace amounts of vitamins and minerals found in honey may also have added health benefits.
Raw, unpasteurized honey contains trace amounts of local pollen, which may help desensitize allergic reactions.
Honey also provides additional health benefits:
- It may help kill off germs because it has antimicrobial properties.
- When used as a salve in gel form, it may help promote healing in wounds and minor burns.
- It may also help ease coughing and sore throats.
Overall, honey goes through less processing than sugar does. It requires pasteurization only to become table ready. Honey can also be eaten raw.