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Honey vs White Sugar vs Brown Sugar

Updated: Jun 20, 2023

Were you wondering which to choose--honey vs white sugar vs brown sugar? “Well, it’s natural,” you might say, “so it must be better.”

Let’s take a look and compare.

Honey

White Sugar

Brown Sugar

Calories per teaspoon

22

16

17

Chemical makeup

mostly fructose and glucose

sucrose

sucrose

What it becomes in your body

glucose

glucose

glucose

What else is in it

very small amounts of vitamins and minerals

nothing

Molasses, very small amounts of minerals

person adding sweetener to coffee

If you are aiming for the lowest calories, white sugar is the one, but the difference in calories per teaspoon between the three options is so little, I don't think that makes any difference to health. The amount of vitamins and minerals in honey and brown sugar are so small, that they frankly add an insignificant amount to what you eat in a day. If your goal is to eat more vitamins and minerals, have a fruit or vegetable as a snack, as honey and brown sugar are not good sources of those.


If you are wondering what to add to your tea or coffee, I would suggest choosing whichever one you like best. Although they differ slightly in calories and vitamins, in the scheme of things, a 6 calorie difference and a few micrograms of minerals is not going to alter much.


Good nutrition is not going to come from choosing honey or table sugar or brown sugar. Good nutrition involves an attitude you have when making food choices the entire day. Honey vs white sugar vs brown sugar--they are all similar enough!

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Guest
Sep 28, 2023

Your posts are always interesting , informative and helpful. Thanks Mrs P

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Guest
Jul 25, 2023

Very enlightening and interesting! I had no idea that they were so similar and that they all break down to the same thing in your body.

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Guest
Jun 20, 2023

Oooh, I love the comparison chart! I always hear people choose honey over white sugar because "it's healthier", but it's interesting to note that they're essentially equivalent in those ways. -Y

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