Health benefits of honey and comparing it to sugar
Bees create honey – a sweet, sticky, natural substance that they make as food for themselves. It also provides all kinds of benefits for humans.
Besides being yummy, there are health benefits associated with honey. It’s not just lore, studies have shown that honey can help relieve a sore throat.
Additionally, if the honey is local (containing local allergens) it may help reduce allergies, Kelly Morrow, a registered dietitian at the University of Washington in Seattle, told USA Today.
“Honey contains pollen, which if taken over time can help train the immune system to tolerate it,” says Morrow.
Honey is also an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory – and it contains trace amounts of vitamin B and minerals.
Which is healthier sugar or honey?
When it comes to sugar content, honey and table sugar are close, Morrow says. While there are some studies that show it may have a smaller effect on blood sugar than table sugar, those with pre-diabetes, diabetes or unstable blood sugar will need to use it with caution, she says.
Additionally, as Morrow mentioned, the sugar content in honey is comparable to that of table sugar, which can be a problem if you have diabetes.
This also means there are a high amount of calories in just small servings of honey. For example, a “spoonful” of honey (around one tablespoon) contains 64 calories, which could add up if used frequently or abundantly.
The Mayo Clinic lists the potential benefits of honey:
Antioxidants in honey might be associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.
Evidence suggests honey might help relieve gastrointestinal tract conditions such as diarrhea associated with gastroenteritis.
It may be good for your brain! Studies suggest that honey may offer antidepressant, anticonvulsant and anti-anxiety benefits. Some studies have even suggested that honey has been shown to help prevent memory problems.
Topical use of medical-grade honey has been shown to promote wound healing, particularly in burns.