Honey and sugar are both carbohydrates and mostly made of fructose and glucose. They both need to be consumed in moderation to avoid weight gain. There are some differences though between the makeup of each and the way your body processes them. Honey actually offers some benefits that refined sugar can’t:
🍯Lower Glycemic Index: Honey usually has a Glycemic Index (GI) of 45, while refined sugar is closer to 65. This means it doesn’t spike your blood sugar as high or as fast as sugar.
🍯Sweeter Than Sugar: Honey is higher in fructose than glucose and, of the two, fructose is sweeter. That means you can use less honey and achieve the same amount of sweetness.
🍯Vitamins & Minerals: While they’re only trace amounts, honey offers vitamin C, B3, B5, folate, calcium, potassium, zinc, selenium, iron, and manganese. Sugar has none of those.
🍯Digestive Enzymes & Probiotics: Bees add enzymes to honey, making it easier to digest since the sugars are partially broken down. These enzymes also help support helpful gut bacteria.
🍯Antimicrobial & Anti-Inflammatory: Honey can help fight a few different strains of bacteria and also reduce swelling. That’s why it’s recommended for sore throats. Refined sugar tends to be more inflammatory and can cause problems to persist.