Honey vs. Sugar
One tablespoon of sugar or sucrose contains 46 calories, while one tablespoon of honey has 64 calories. Though honey may have more calories, we actually need to use less of it since it is sweeter than sugar.
- Sugar is sucrose, which is made up of two molecules bonded together. When we eat sugar, our stomach has to use its own enzymes to separate the molecules apart before we can use the sugar’s energy.
- Honey is quite different. The bees have added a special enzyme to the nectar that divides the sucrose into glucose and fructose — two simple sugars for our bodies can absorb directly (breaks down more easily, but digests more slowly).
- Sugar lacks minerals and vitamins (it’s been often called empty calories), It draws upon the body’s nutrients to be metabolized into the system. When these nutrients are all used up, metabolizing of undesirable cholesterol and fatty acid is impeded, contributing to higher cholesterol and promoting obesity due to higher fatty acid on the organs and tissues.
- Honey contains its own minerals and enzymes which help the body break down and metabolize the sugars and helps with better digestion