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Calories in Manuka Honey

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author image Nicki Wolf
Nicki Wolf has been writing health and human interest articles since 1986. Her work has been published at various cooking and nutrition websites. Wolf has an extensive background in medical/nutrition writing and online content development in the nonprofit arena. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Temple University.
Calories in Manuka Honey
A close-up of pink blossoms on a manuka tea tree. Photo Credit ouchi_iro/iStock/Getty Images

Manuka honey is a type of honey produced when bees feed on flowers from the Manuka Tea Tree, a native plant of New Zealand. This sweetener, which allegedly has medicinal properties, can add calories to foods.

Calories

A 1-tbsp. serving of Manuka honey contains 60 calories, or 3 percent of the calories you may consume daily if you follow a 2,000-calorie diet. Honey is rarely eaten alone, so be sure to adjust your total caloric intake accordingly.

Nutrients

A 1-tbsp. serving of Manuka honey provides 17 to 18g of carbohydrates, most of which are sugars. MayoClinic.com recommends that you ingest 45 to 65 percent of your daily calories from carbohydrates that mostly come from whole grains and beans.

Benefits

Research published in the November 2008 issue of the journal "Phytotherapy Research" indicates that rats administered Manuka honey produced a decreased incidence of colitis, a bowel disease. Clinical testing is needed to determine if Manuka honey will benefit humans in the same way.

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