The high intake of refined sugars, mainly fructose has been implicated in the epidemiology of metabolic diseases in adults and children. With an aim to determine whether honey can substitute refined sugars without adverse effect, the long-term effects of natural honey and cane syrup have been compared on visceral morphology in growing rats fed from neonatal age. Honey increased the caecum and pancreas weights in male rats, which could enhance enzymatic activities of pancreas and digestive functions by intestinal microflora of caecum. Unlike honey, cane syrup caused fatty degenerations in the liver of both male and female rats. Honey enhanced intestinal villi growth, and did not cause pathology in the rodents’ abdominal viscera, suggesting potential nutritional benefit as substitution for refined sugars in animal feed.
Part of work was accepted for oral presentation as an abstract titled "Comarative effects of honey and sugar on the morphometry of viscera in growing Sprague-Dawley rats (Rattus norvegicus)" at the 31 Scientific Conference, Physiological Society of Nigeria (PSN) held at Usmanu Dan Fodiyo University Teaching Hospital (UDUTH), Sokoto, Nigeria during 7-9 September, 2011.