Honey and Sugar: What is the difference?

Honey and Sugar: What is the difference?

  • Both are sweeteners. They both contain glucose and fructose.
  • While sugar processing many nutrient materials are destroyed including the organic acids, protein, nitrogen elements, enzymes and vitamins that are present in the sugar cane are destroyed.
  • Honey a natural sweetener generally subjected to minimal heating. It has both antimicrobial and antioxidant properties which are not present in sugar.
  • Honey is slowly absorbed in blood stream unlike sugar. Honey has healthier glycemic index. For sweetening purpose if take sugar – we need more sugar than honey. One Tbs of honey is 64 calories and Sucrose 46 calories. However, we need less natural honey to add into our food than sugar.
  • Honey has more nutrients and active compounds that are more beneficial for humans.

*In diabetic patients both honey and sugar intake does not make much difference. Honey cannot substitute sugar.

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