Honey, the Natural Sweetener

Pure honey is a mixture of natural sugars (carbohydrates) and other compounds. With respect to carbohydrates, honey is mainly fructose (about 38.5%) and glucose (about 31.0%), Honey’s remaining carbohydrates include maltose, sucrose, and other complex carbohydrates. As with all nutritive sweeteners, honey is mostly sugars and contains small amounts of vitamins and minerals. Honey also contains small amounts of compounds that function as antioxidants, including chrysin, pinobanksin, vitamin C, catalase, and pinocembrin. The specific composition of any batch of honey depends on the flowers available to the bees that produced the honey.

Click here to view nutritional information for honey. (Source: USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Release 28)