Calories in Honey vs Sugar
What is the amount of calorie in honey? Are there more calories in honey than in table sugar?
One tablespoon (tbs) of honey has 64 calories, and one tablespoon (tbs) of sugar has 46 calories. (Or has 22 calories in one teaspoon (tsp) of honey versus 16 calories in one teaspoon (tsp.) of table sugar.)
While the amount of calorie in honey is more, we actually use less of it since it is sweeter than table sugar. So, the honey calories consumed for the same quantity (tbs or tsp) is less compared with sugar. And for many people, honey is still a preferred healthier choice because of its vitamins and minerals that can aid in digestion, and its anti-oxidants which can also bring health benefits.
Remember not all calories are made equal; a calorie is not a calorie. In fact, it is a carbohydrate that is recommended in fasting because of its vitamins content and antioxidants effect.
Amount of Calorie in Honey
Honey contains the same basic sugar units as table sugar — glucose and fructose. However, granulated table sugar, or sucrose, has glucose and fructose hooked together, whereas in honey, fructose and glucose remain in individual units. Fructose is sweeter than glucose, which is one of the reasons fructose is used in so many food products today. However, fructose does not convert to energy as efficiently as glucose. As a result, processed foods containing granulated sugar high in fructose convert to fat stores more easily than honey.
Raw honey, a natural sweetener, is not subject to any heating or processing and even commercial pasteurized honey has only one processing step involved – heating to prevent crystallization and yeast fermentation during storage, whereas, table sugar is highly processed, whereby all naturally occurring trace minerals from the sugar cane plant are removed, leaving us with “empty calories” which are devoid of nutrition like vitamins, minerals, and important enzymes. That is why ironically, in developed countries, there are way too many overweight people who are suffering from malnutrition!
Replace, Not Add Sugars to Your Diet
Cut down on the simple sugars in your diet by eliminating the chocolate and hard candies. If you simply cannot resist the desire for sweet stuff, replace them with healthy natural sweeteners like honey. Take regular meals with some protein and fat in each, and eat complex carbohydrates that contain ample soluble fiber — fruits and vegetables for example. Fat, protein and soluble fiber in the diet tend to moderate swings in blood glucose.
Other than the concern that excessive intake of sugar and hence calories, could lead to obesity problems, some people have a reaction to sugar called reactive hypoglycemia which is characterized by irritability, nervousness, headache, sweating and confusion a few hours after eating a meal high in simple sugars. These symptoms are caused by the pancreas’ overproduction of insulin in response to rising blood glucose levels.
What’s a Calorie Counter?
Those who’re on diet and watching their weight would probably be very familiar with a calorie counter. It helps us make a daily record of the amount of calorie in honey, bread, soups, fruits, vegetables, and of all the foods we plan to eat. Read in “Using a Calorie Counter to Lose Weight”.
A 30g Serving of Cereal has 300 kcal? Or Do You Mean 300 calories?
If “kilo” equates to the amount of “1000” units and 300kcal actually meant 300 000 calories. How logical is that when we know that an adult calorie intake should be around 2000 calories per day? Get your answers in “Know How to Count Calorie?”
How Much Honey Can We Eat Daily?
We all know that nothing in excessive is good. So what is considered too much honey to consume? Get the answers in About Honey – How much honey can I eat every day?