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Is honey more healthful than sugar?

You may have heard that honey is better than sugar because it's a quicker source of energy, a richer source of minerals and less fattening, but actually, honey and table sugar are almost the same. Both contain two simple sugars called glucose and fructose. Table sugar has its sugar bound into one molecule, but it is split immediately in your intestine to two single sugars. Since honey and table sugar are processed the same way, honey is not a quicker source of energy.

They are equally fattening even though ounce for ounce, honey has fewer calories than sugar. Honey contains water which has no calories and refined sugar does not. A tablespoon of table sugar has 64 calories while a tablespoon of honey has 46 calories, but to obtain the same amount of sweetness you must use enough more honey to make the calories equal. Honey does contain iron and calcium while table sugar does not, but to meet your needs for iron, you would have to eat 10 cups of honey a day, and for calcium, you'd need to eat 40 cups.

An interesting article on honey and high fructose corn syrup

Checked 2/2/10

May 10th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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