Besides being a sweet source of energy, ‘honey contains fermentable oligosaccharide carbohydrates, which vary in their degree of polymerization and may aid in the reintroduction of healthy bacteria into the colon,’ says Nutrition Today (May/June 2000).
The same publication went on to report that ‘antioxidants, such as tocopherols, alkaloids, ascorbic acid, flavonoids, phenolics and various enzymes are found in honey. Amounts vary by the honey’s floral type. Honey from buckwheat, the darkest honey, had the highest antioxidant content, while acacia honey was the lowest.’
One tablespoon of honey provides 17 grams of carbohydrate and 64 calories and appears to offer many more nutrients than refined sugar.