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Honey Facts, Health and Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts
1 piece (5g)
Amount % Daily Value *
Calories 20 0%
Fat 0g 0%
Saturated + Trans 0g
Polyunsaturated 0g
  Omega-6 0g
  Omega-3 0g
Monounsaturated 0g
Cholesterol 0g 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Potassium 4mg 0%
Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Fiber 0g 8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0%
Iron 0%
Ingredients: Honey & all Natural Flavors
Since ancient times honey has been valued not only as a delicious sweet golden nectar, but also for its health benefits. Please find honey facts, health and nutritional information below.

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Cool Facts About Honey - Information provided by the Canadian Honey Council

The Many Benefits of Honey - Information provided by the National Honey Board

Honey's Nutrition and Health Facts (Click for PDF Download) - Information provided by the National Honey Board

Honey's Nutritional Benefits and Profile (Click for PDF Download) - Information provided by the National Honey Board

Honey and Wellness (Click for PDF Download) - Information provided by the National Honey Board

How the Experts Use Honey (Click for PDF Download) - Information provided by the National Honey Board

Interesting Facts

Honey is "manufactured" in one of the world's most efficient factories, the beehive. Bees may travel as far as 100,000 kilometres and visit more than two million flowers to gather enough nectar to make just 500 grams of honey.

The colour and flavour of honey differ depending on the bees' nectar source (the blossoms). In fact, there are more than 300 unique kinds of honey in North America, originating from such diverse floral sources as clover, canola, basswood, buckwheat and wildflowers. In general, lighter coloured honeys are mild in flavour; while darker honeys are usually more robust in flavour.

Nutritional Information

Honey is primarily composed of fructose, glucose and water. It also contains other sugars as well trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins and amino acids.

Honey contains a variety of minerals and trace elements in small amounts (0.1 to 1.5 %) depending on floral sources and geographic origin. Two tablespoons (30 ml) of honey contains 25 mg of potassium.

Honey contains trace amounts of vitamins C, B and sometimes A, D and K. (See: Agriculture Canada Canadian Honey Situation and Trends)

Why is Honey Good For You?

Honey or Refined Sugar? Refined sugar is a "negative" nutrient which means that it is literally devoid of nutrition and using it actually makes your body use up stored nutrients to process it. Honey on the other hand, is a natural sweetener that has many beneficial nutrients, enzymes, and antioxidants (See: Honey Vs Sugar).

Honey contains virtually the same caloric value as refined sugar, but honey does not contain any harmful chemicals and is entirely absorbed by the digestive tract (See: Health Benefits of Honey). Refined sugar goes through a very complicated process of extraction that involves multiple superheating processes and treatments of burning sulphur to reach the end product of a table top sugar (See: Health Benefits of Honey).

Diabetes: Diabetics blood sugar levels can be controlled by using honey regularly as honey contains nearly 1:1 ratios of fructose and glucose. Research has shown that the body’s tolerance to honey is significantly higher than when compared to sucrose or glucose. This in turn helps to regulate blood sugar levels (See: The World’s Healthiest Foods).

White sugar is regarded as one of the leading causes of diabetes in today’s society. Dr. Banting, the discoverer of insulin, states that the incidence of diabetes in the United States has increased proportionally with the rapid use of cane-sugar (See: Health Benefits of Honey).

Weight Loss: Common refined dietary sugars in our food supply lack minerals and vitamins and are called empty calories for this reason. They need nutrients from our bodies in order to metabolize our cholesterol and fats. When our bodies lack these nutrients, metabolism is impeded.

On the contrary, honey contains 22 amino acids and a variety of minerals essential for its metabolism and therefore helps you in reducing weight. For anyone looking to watch their weight, honey should be their choice (See: Benefits of Honey). Honey is rich in antioxidants with similar levels to fruits and vegetables. These antioxidants work to remove the damaging by-products from the body that are associated with human metabolism (See: Fun Facts about Honey, Health and Honeybees).

Cough Relief: Penn State College of Medicine has shown that night-time coughing can be effectively treated through a single night-time dose of honey (See: The World’s Healthiest Foods). This research is particularly useful to parents with children under six years old as the Food and Drug Administration recommends that children in this category not be given over-the-counter drugs.

Digestion: Stomach digestion is a major benefit of honey. The difference between common sugar and honey is that, the sugars contained in honey are predigested by the bees and can be quickly and easily absorbed in the human digestive tract. Thus it is quite useful for digestive disorders.

Honey can help to heal ulcers and upset stomachs. It has also been proven to regulate intestinal function, alleviating both constipation and diarrhea. (See: Fun Facts about Honey, Health and Honeybees).

Immune System: Honey acts as an immune system booster. Hospital research has shown that honey is effective at reducing high fever incidences by 64% and 32% of cancer patients involved in this survey also reported an improved quality of life after beginning to regularly consume honey (See: The World’s Healthiest Foods).

Insomnia: Honey can help you sleep. Eating honey raises your blood sugar level slightly. This resulted in a controlled increase of insulin, which then causes the amino acid trytophan to enter your brain. The trytophan is converted into serotonin, which promotes relaxation. Finally, in the pineal gland, with the aid of darkness, the serotonin is converted into melatonin, a well know cure for sleeping disorders.

Honey also contains the ideal 1:1 ratio of fructose to glucose making it a super food for glycogen storage. Sufficient glycogen storage is necessary for restful sleep. When your liver runs out of glycogen at night, your brain starts to trigger stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenalin to convert protein muscle into glucose (See: Fun Facts about Honey, Health and Honeybees).