Is Honey Healthier Than Sugar?
Does honey have fewer calories?
The answer is yes, honey has about 20-25% less calories per ounce serving . However, there are other nutritional differences worth addressing too.
Both table sugar and honey are composed primarily of glucose and fructose. Table sugar is 50-50 of these two types of sugar, honey contains more fructose than glucose which makes it sweeter. It also contains other types of sugars like maltose and dextrin. The exact content of honey will vary from one type of honey to the next. These are then absorbed by the gut and used by the body to produce energy. If your body has enough available glucose, then it is converted to fat for storage.
What else is worth considering is what else is in these products?
Table sugar is refined, so essentially it contains nothing other than glucose and fructose and that’s sort of the point. It’s also the problem with refined foods in general, it’s been stripped of all it’s vitamins and minerals during processing and essentially has no nutritional value.
Honey on the other hand, is slightly different as it’s not typically distilled down to just the sugars. There is a refining process and certainly some degree of preservatives, but it does contain trace amounts of vitamins and minerals including:
Vitamin & Mineral Content
- Calcium: https://youtu.be/DMgKHClea60
- Iron: https://youtu.be/Q10_f3aTQm4
- Magnesium: https://youtu.be/a3rYf302Sfc
- Phosphorous: https://youtu.be/qaxzSMnWbp0
- Potassium: https://youtu.be/ZRdg8TfnKxs
- Selenium: https://youtu.be/Qn4EK_twW8o
- Vitamin A (Retinol): https://youtu.be/EnhXhZdlNZU
- Vitamin C: https://youtu.be/Nuo2YBUTidA
- Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid): https://youtu.be/1GI7Onlwfao
Finally, honey may have other benefits including helping with the common cold symptoms, acting as an antioxidant and wound healing.
Health Benefits of Honey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Znl2eWT46xc
And one last point here is that even though honey is slightly superior, it does not mean that simple sugars are good for you or that honey has any true nutritional benefit. You should not take this video to mean you can start consuming honey guilt free. A little sweetener here or there is ok for non-diabetics but generally speaking, avoidance of simple sugars is the way to go.
Honey Dietary Options: http://amzn.to/2pn6ieN