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.
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 diverse ways. Glucose is absorbed quickly, giving the body an immediate boost of
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 will 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.
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.
It's not a surprise that almost all the calories from these sweeteners comes from carbohydrate:
Amounts present in a 100g serving:
* 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.
Source Of Data And Further information: Nutrition Data
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