Honey versus Sugar comparison chart
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Source Bees Sugarcane, beets
Types of included sugars Fructose & Glucose (monosaccharides, totalling about 93% of the sugars); Sucrose, Maltose, Kojibiose, Turanose, Isomaltose & Maltulose (disaccharides, totalling about 7% of the sugars, with Sucrose being about 1/7 of these). Sucrose (disaccharide consisting of 50% fructose & 50% glucose bound together)
Glycemic index 58. Slightly lower than sugar as the sugars in honey contain slightly more fructose than glucose. Fructose has a lower GI. 60
Sugars 82.12g (per 100g) 99.91g (per 100g)
Fat None 0 g
Protein 0.3g (per 100g) None
Calcium 6 mg (1%) 1 mg (0%)
Iron 0.42 mg (3%) 0.01 mg (0%)
Dietary fiber 0.2g (per 100g) 0 g
Vitamin C 0.5 mg (1%) None
Sodium 4 mg (0%) None
Carbohydrates 82.4g (per 100g) 99.98g (per 100g)
Health Pros and Cons Some vitamins and minerals. Aids digestion. Helps ease symptoms of sore throat. Too much consumption leads to obesity and diseases such as diabetes. Can also lead to tooth decay.
Calories 304 Calories (kcal) per 100g 387 Calories[kcal] per 100g
Water 17.1g (per 100g) 0.03g (per 100g)
Energy (kJ & Calories) 1,272 kJ (304 Calories[kcal]) (per 100g). In contrast honey is denser (heavier) than sugar and contains more calories and more sugars on a volume basis. For example 1 teaspoon of honey is 22 calories. 1,619 kJ (387 Calories[kcal]) (per 100g). In contrast sugar is less dense (lighter) than honey and contains less calories and less sugars on a volume basis. For example 1 teaspoon of sugar is 16 calories.
Total Carbohydrates 82.4g (per 100g) 99.98g (per 100g)
Riboflavin (Vit. B2) 0.038 mg (3%) 0.019 mg (1%)
Potassium 52 mg (1%) 2 mg (0%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 0.121 mg (1%) None
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.068 mg (1%) None
Vitamin B6 0.024 mg (2%) None
Folate (vit. B9) 2 μg (1%) None
Magnesium 2 mg (1%) None
Phosphorus 4 mg (1%) None
Zinc 0.22 mg (2%) None