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Benefits of Honey: Is Honey Good for You?

That familiar sweet sticky brown-tinted goo seems upon first glance to be just another form of sugar. And sugar isn’t good for you, right? Well… honey is not quite the same as sugar and it does have some health benefits.

If you’re thinking that honey is mostly sugar, you’d be quite right. Per every 100g of honey about 79-82g is sugar, and the rest is mostly water. This might lead you to think, “There’s no room for anything else then!” but some nutritional goodies can exist in small amounts that would barely register on a scale, and still be extremely useful. In fact only microscopic amounts of certain biochemicals are needed to be effective.

Below is a list of nutrients found in honey which you wouldn’t find in white sugar. It is their benefits, which make honey beneficial.

Honey contains traces of protein:

Although honey does contain protein and amino acids, if you look at the amounts, it’s not really going to contribute much towards your protein intake. Protein is one of those nurtients which you do need in gram portions rather than microscopic amounts and per 100g of honey you only get 0.30g protein which really isn’t enough to be significant to your body in any way.

Honey contains trace elements of vitamins and minerals:

Vitamins and minerals which are only needed in small amounts are found in honey, but they are found in such small amounts that they may not really contribute a great deal to your vitamin and mineral needs. Per every 100g portion of honey (that’s like 20 teaspoonfuls!) honey would give yous about:

  • 52mg potassium (when we need about 3500 mg a day),
  • 6mg Calcium (when we need about 700-1000mg a day), 
  • 2mg magnesium (when we need a minimum of 300mg a day),
  • 0.42mg iron, (when we need 8.7mg a day for men and 14.8mg a day for women)
  • 0.22mg zinc, (we need at least 10mg a day)
  • 7mcg copper (when we need 1500 – 3000mcg a day) 

Really, these kind of amounts that exist in honey aren’t therapeutic in any way, especially considering we only have a teaspoon (5g) or so of honey a day. Even if you were going to have 100g of honey it wouldn’t come close to the amount of nutrients you need for your daily requirements.

The above describes minerals. When it comes to vitamins honey contains minuscule amounts of some of the B vitamins. Again, it only contributes a small amount towards your daily requirements.

Honey is a great source of antioxidants:

Aha! Finally a nutrient that is in reasonable amounts in honey to make it useful!  Honey contains polyphenols and flavonoids. The antioxidant activity of honey is different depending on the type of honey you buy, with antioxidant activity varying between 43% and 95%. The responsible antioxidant compounds in honey include: (see next page)

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  1. Very true indeed. Honey has many medicinal benefits. Thanks for reminding about this great gift of nature.

  2. This is a very good article. My doctor told me years ago to take a tablespoon of honey everyday. I hate the taste tho.

  3. great share

  4. We usually take a spoonful of honey in a day. Honey is really good in our body. Thanks for sharing this!

  5. I’m glad you said honey is good for you as I eat it most days! Thanks for the information.

  6. A useful share

  7. ya I love honey and yes a very well informative article,Thank you mate :)

  8. Good information about honey. The only problem is that it’s not abundantly available in my place. There are the commercially produced honeys. They are imported and more expensive than white sugar.

  9. We keep bees, so we have honey, and the most beneficial effect of it has been that it reduced my husband’s allergy symptoms from almost disabling to manageable and occasional.
    I had written off the studies that said honey and bee pollen could do that since they are mostly touted by honey producers, but now I think there might be something to it after all.
    A little bit of honey goes a long way, but the good news is, it will keep/ won’t spoil.

  10. *Cuddles my manuka honey* Antimicrobial works for me… lol. Great article and I agree that it’s got to be much better than refined white sugar!

  11. It you eat honey from within 30 miles radius from your home it also helps cure allergies symptoms. I tried it and it worked.

  12. Great article…I use a bit of honey in my coffee everyday!!

  13. Great article…. very well written and explained. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Good information. Thanks!

  15. very informative article about honey…

    really nice share… :-]

  16. Great information! Honey is much better for you than sugar… I don’t like the taste are texture much but I will force it down with lemon if I feel under the weather.

  17. nice one. im sorry if u cant understand my article. im using my language. thanks fr the comment

  18. Thanks for this. Its healthier than sugar.

  19. Great one.Thanks for share

  20. I always love honey. I like to drink lemon with little honey added to it for good taste. It is good for my skin and I use it as facial too. By the way, very well written and informative article.

  21. Nice to know.

  22. Very informative and so well researched. I love honey, I also use it for cooking. Thank you.

  23. The antioxidants and antimicrobials make honey a great skin cleanser that add clarity to your skin while protecting it from damage due to sun exposure. The nutrients honey provide help reduce the signs of aging giving your skin youthful vitality

  24. Is it clover honey?

  25. great article, here’s mine about bees!
    http://healthmad.com/health/how-to-spot-a-happy-bee/

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