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.
Here it is, a very basic summary of the nutritional properties of a typical blended honey:
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.
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.
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.
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.
That stated - if you have a good local supplier, then why not support them?
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 also as I said, not all countries are having the same problem with honey.
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