Calories in Honey


Below, you'll find a summary of the calories in honey by measurement, followed by tables comparing honey with sugar, maple syrup and light corn syrup, and a look at the composition of the carbohydrate type in each.

The calories in honey may be of interest, either because you’re on a low calorie diet, or because you are looking for a high energy, but natural, low fat food.


Honey, Dieting And Sport

The amount of energy (kJ) provided by foods is a key consideration for both dieters and sports people.

Hence the reason for also breaking down the calories provided by carbohydrate type, and in particular, sugar type.

It is generally asserted that carbohydrate intake before, during and after exercise provides a boost to performance.

It is also believed that the energy provided by different sugars affects the body in different ways.  Glucose is absorbed quickly, giving the body an immediate boost of energy.

Fructose, however, has a slower rate of absorption. Therefore, because honey contains high levels of both glucose and fructose, it may provide both an immediate and sustained energy boost to those engaging in sports, in relatively small quantities.

With regard to dieting, it should be noted that simply replacing large quantities of sugar with honey is unlikely to help, because as you can see, although it helps sustain energy levels, it is very high in calories.  That said, there are some diets, such as the apple cider vinegar and honey diet.


Summary Of Calories In Honey By Measurement:


Summary:


Calories in 100g of honey: 304

Calories in 1 tablespoon of honey (1 tbsp = 21 g): 64

Calories in 1 ounce of honey (1 oz = 28g): 85

Calories in a teaspoon of honey (1 tsp = 5g): 15.2


Below are comparison tables of calories and carbohydrate in honey, sugar, maple syrup and light corn syrup.


Where the information is available, I have also expressed the number of calories as Percentage of Daily Value  (%DV) for adults or children aged 4 or older, and based on a 2,000 calorie reference diet.

Please note:

  • For ease of comparison, what you see below is the calories in 100g of each.
  • The sugar in all the tables below is granulated white sugar (sucrose) and values may be different for other types of sugar.
  • Honey values may differ slightly from those shown below due to natural variations in the product.


Calories in honey - comparison with sugar, maple syrup and light corn syrup

Calories in 100g

% DV


Honey


304


15%

White
Sugar

387

19%

Maple Syrup

261

13%

Light Corn Syrup

283

14%


Calories in honey, sugar, maple syrup and light corn syrup by calorie type

It's not a surprise that almost all the calories from these sweeteners comes from carbohydrate:


From
Carbohydrate 

Other


Honey


303


Protein: 1

White
Sugar

387

-

Maple Syrup

259

Fat: 2

Light Corn Syrup

281

Fat: 2


Break down of carbohydrate and sugar type in honey, granulated sugar, maple syrup and light corn syrup

Amounts present in a 100g serving.

Honey

White
Sugar

Maple
Syrup

Light Corn Syrup


Total Carbs
(g)


82.4


100


67.1


76.8

Sugars (g)

82.1

100

59.5


Sugar Breakdown:





Sucrose

1

100

56

76.8

Glucose

35.7

2.4

*

Fructose

40.9

0.88

*

Maltose

1.4

*

Galactose

3.1

*

* In the case of Light Corn Syrup, there may be variations depending on blend and brand, and hence the values here have not been split.


For more links of interest:


Honey vs sugar - a comparison of the two, with further nutritional tables.

Beauty benefits of honey

Substitutes for honey

Health benefits of honey.











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