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Old 03-08-2010, 10:18 PM   #1
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So. Honey. Okay or not okay for cutting? Some diets allow. Some do not? Use sparingly? Stay away? Go to town (as long as within carb macros)?

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Don't call me honey! EVER!

It doesn't specifically reference cutting, but they seem to like it.....but I don't believe everything i read either:

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Honey | Many bodybuilders still think that all fast-digesting carbs will make them fat. But honey has been shown to be a highly efficient source of carbohydrates for the restoration of muscle glycogen. Apparently, it digests quickly, yet ultimately does not radically spike insulin levels. That means it is an ideal pre- and posttraining carb source for bodybuilders who struggle to control bodyfat levels. Use honey before or after you work out. Try two tablespoons in a workout shake or added to toasted white bread. Honey also contains potent antioxidants, as well as nitric oxide (NO) components.
Source: Bodybuilding food alternatives: twelve surprising muscle-building foods | Flex | Find Articles at BNET
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Don't call me honey! EVER!

It doesn't specifically reference cutting, but they seem to like it.....but I don't believe everything i read either:



Source: Bodybuilding food alternatives: twelve surprising muscle-building foods | Flex | Find Articles at BNET
Yeah...I've read stuff like that too. But I'm a skeptic. Plus...as you say, doesn't reference cutting.

By the way, the reason I'm asking: We make this mean, super-delicious homemade granola. It uses a bit of oil (we use canola), honey, splenda (now to be stevia as of today), and a bit o' vanilla for the wet mix. We love it, but if the honey's gonna hurt us...might be better to just stick to the oatmeal.
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This still won't directly address I guess a quantity, but this lady (competitor) says it's acceptable. BTW, you can see her abs year around. We were discussing artificial sweeteners and this is a piece of what she had to say:

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From what I know most of the research shows that they seem to stimulate the pancreas like sugar does. I avoid them and use mostly natural things to sweeten my food like, fruit, honey or agave nectar
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I'm thinking it's probably okay. But I'm paranoid and haven't been reaching my goals...so paranoid with reason...and don't want to introduce something that'll make things even harder.

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F the honey. If your cutting then why add unnecessary calories?
(unless your going to cave in to hunger and desperately need the change/addition of flavor)
Do it for two weeks then make the call if its worth it.
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F the honey. If your cutting then why add unnecessary calories?
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Do it for two weeks then make the call if its worth it.
Are they unnecessary? We need so many grams of carbs a day. Cannot a bit of those grams be honey. Honey isn't empty calories like white sugar. Right? That's my thought.

But, yeah...trying it out may be the only option.
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Honey used to be a staple in a lot of old school diets. If you like it I would work it in.
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Honey used to be a staple in a lot of old school diets. If you like it I would work it in.
Yeah. Especially if I can't use Splenda.

As I see it...gulp down 30 grams of oatmeal plain...bleh...or...20 grams of oatmeal with 10 grams of honey...mmmmmm, yummy.
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I read an article a while back that talked about the health benefits of honey, including it's impact on NO and creatine levels (which I had never heard before). Anyway, if your bulking or maintaining, I dont see why not, if you're cutting, I guess it just depends on what your macros look like, and as you pointed out, its prolly better for you than any sugar substitute created in a lab rather than created in nature like honey is. BTW it's supposed to be good for your immune system as well. Like another poster stated though, I dont believe everything I read, but I have read alot of good press on honey.
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