All About the Nutrition and Calories in Honey vs. Sugar

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Honey and sugar are very similar in that they are both natural sweeteners. Honey is produced by bees and is a result of the nectar they collect from flowers, while sugar is a product from sugar cane or beet plants.

Honey's color can range from pale beige to medium and dark amber with corresponding flavor ranges from mild to strong and bold, depending on the type of flower that the bee collected its nectar from.

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Nutrition and Calories in Honey

All of the calories in honey come from sugar, which is a type of carb. There is no fat, saturated or otherwise, in honey, according to the USDA.

1 Teaspoon of Honey

  • 12 calories
  • 0 g fat
  • 3.3 g carbs
  • 3.3 g sugar
  • 0 g protein

1 Tablespoon of Honey

  • 64 calories
  • 0 g fat
  • 17.3 g carbs
  • 17.2 g sugar
  • 0.1 g protein

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1 Cup of Honey

  • 1,031 calories
  • 0 g fat
  • 279.3 g carbs
  • 278.4 g sugar
  • 1 g protein

Nutrition and Calories in Sugar

All of the calories in sugar come from sugar, which is a type of carb. There is no fat, saturated or otherwise, in sugar, according to the USDA.

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1 Teaspoon of Sugar

  • 16 calories
  • 0 g fat
  • 4.2 g carbs
  • 4.2 g sugar
  • 0 g protein

1 Tablespoon of Sugar

  • 55 calories
  • 0 g fat
  • 14.2 g carbs
  • 14.1 g sugar
  • 0 g protein

1 Cup of Sugar

  • 774 calories
  • 0 g fat
  • 200 g carbs
  • 199.6 g sugar
  • 0 g protein

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Honey vs. Sugar: Which Is the Better Sweetener?

Honey contains 24 fewer calories per ounce than sugar, making it one of the best sugar substitutes for calorie counters. Honey is also favored on account of its nutrient content.

One ounce of honey contains 1 percent of the recommended daily value of iron, riboflavin, manganese and copper, while sugar contains no vitamins or minerals.

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