Honey contains over a hundred different compounds, including fructose and glucose. It has a small amount of minerals, amino acids, and vitamins, but the point is that it’s not just sugar. Its not empty sweetness. What I mean by that is, honey is an unrefined natural sweetener that contains beneficial antioxidants and has antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antimicrobial properties that are not present in sugar. Organic, raw honey can provide an energy boost. Its carbohydrates supply energy and strength which can boost your endurance and reduce muscle fatigue. Honey and lemon go to work in the body shifting the extra fat stores, thus making it usable energy for regular body functions. Honey is cholesterol-free and can reportedly help keep cholesterol levels regulated. Raw honey possesses a viscous texture due to its low water content. It is a poor environment for bad bacteria to grow and is a good natural preservative. The antimicrobial and antiviral properties have led to the suggestion that they can boost the immune system. In a study on rats, honey produced lower triglycerides, less body fat, and greater satiety (as indicated by the spontaneous reduction in food intake) when compared to sucrose. It is likely that the bioactive compounds contained in honey are responsible for the benefits. Darker honeys are typically higher in bioactive compounds and show greater antioxidant activity. Buckwheat is a good example of a darker honey and ranks quite highly in antioxidants. When in doubt, choose the darker honey.
Though nevertheless, honey still contains sugar and calories. In fact, a teaspoon of honey contains 23 calories and 6g of sugar. Whereas a level teaspoon of sugar only contains 16 calories and 4g of sugar. But honey is sweeter so less is needed to get a sweet taste. And though honey is a natural product, “natural” isn’t always synonymous with healthy. It is still a complex sugar and not quite healthy. While a little bit of honey won’t do you any harm, you should remember it provides added sugar and calories to your diet.