This is a basic summary of honey nutrition.
There is much more detail on my page comparing honey vs sugar. It breaks down:
It's useful to compare honey and sugar, because basic sugar offers only carbohydrate value to the diet, and nothing else.
But what if you compare honey with the humble apple?
There are some interesting findings! Take a look here if you'd like this level of detail here.
There is also some useful content about the energy value of honey in my ‘Calories in Honey’ page.
Few people think about the ethics of buying honey! Yet bees are going through a hard time, and we need to ensure we take care of the ones we have.
Where possible, please try to support ethical practices - ensure that what you are buying really is honey, rather than a blend of honey and inferior ingredients, such as corn syrup (this depends on the country in which you live).
Product sold as honey, which is not pure honey, (or which is contaminated) and sold cheaply, drives down prices and makes life difficult for ethical beekeepers selling the real thing. They then have to look for short cuts and savings, or leave the profession completely.
My recommendation to you, is to purchase
locally if possible, or buy from a supplier you can trust. If product
is very cheap there is probably a reason for it. Where is it from,
what does it contain, can you trust that it won't be contaminated?
Anyone interested in honey nutrition, I'm sure, will want to know what their jar of 'honey' really contains. Learn more about buying honey here.
As stated, please buy local if possible - alternatively, it is possible to purchase organic honey from a good supplier.
This organic, raw honey pictured right is a very reasonable price and has literally thousands of positive reviews and is available from Amazon.
The same company offer a 6 PACK of organic honey (not 'raw' honey') - please take that into account when you see the price - it's for 6 jars!
Again, available from Amazon.
We could blame the lack of labelling regulations or even a shortage of honey. And of course, all this may be true, but at the end of the day, supermarkets compete to bring you 'CHEAP' and we, the consumer, fall for it.
And so unfortunately, this allows standards to drop, and that is what we get - honey that isn't really honey, or honey that is so blended with other ingredients, we are no longer buying the product we thought we were.
So ....please forgive the small rant.... and as I said, not all countries are having the same problem with honey....
now back to the topic of Honey Nutrition and the specific nutritional value of honey........
Here it is, a very basic summary of the nutritional properties of a typical blended honey:
100g of honey contains:
Total carbohydrate: 76.4g
(1 tablespoon provides approximately 6% of the recommended daily value of carbohydrate, based on a diet of 2000 daily calories)
Various minerals, vitamins and enzymes.
NOTE, honey products vary in nutritional value! There may be subtle differences in the honey product itself, depending on the diet of the honey bees.
Honey bees may have fed from a range of blossoms and floral sources, or they may have fed primarily from one crop – perhaps if the bees have been used to providing pollination services for farmers over vast acres of one crop type, for example.
I'll be absolutely honest with you, honey has some interesting properties, especially anti-bacterial, but I don't think honey is a miracle food nutritionally (vitamins, minerals) - some in depth analysis here.
There has been some interesting research looking at apple cider vinegar and honey.
There are more links to further information about the health benefits of eating honey on this link.
If you want to know more about honey and weight loss, click here.
Did you know, honey has been used for many years in the medicine cabinet to make a variety of home remedies?
Vinegar and Honey Home Remedies
Honey and Cinnamon Cures.
More links of interest:
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