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Is Honey Fattening?

author image Virginia Van Vynckt
From 1978 until 1995, Virginia Van Vynckt worked as a writer and editor at The Chicago Sun-Times. She has written extensively about food and nutrition, having co-authored seven cookbooks. She also published "Our Own," a book about older-child adoption. Van Vynckt holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Indiana University.
Is Honey Fattening?
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Honey is one of the most popular sweeteners, and like any other sugar, it can be fattening if you eat too much of it, but it’s fine in moderation. Honey's intense sweetness makes it satisfying in small amounts.

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Count Those Carbs

One tablespoon of honey contains 68 calories, compared with 49 calories for granulated table sugar. All of honey’s calories come from simple carbohydrates, or sugars, and most of these are fructose and glucose. Advice from health experts, including the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, recommends that you eat less added sugar of all kinds to maintain a healthy weight and to help prevent disease.

How Sweet It Is

If you’re watching your calories and you crave something sweet, replacing sugar with a bit of honey might not be a bad idea. Honey is sweeter than sugar and you may need to eat less of it to feel fully satisfied.

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