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Raw Honey vs Sugar

By April 6, 2022October 5th, 2023Honey Blog

Is Raw Honey Better than Sugar 

There’s been a silent war between the sweet lovers since the dawn of time. The battle? Whether raw honey or sugar is better. You would think that with the thousands of years honey and sugar have been around, someone would have figured out whether you should eat a spoonful of raw honey or processed cane juice crystals. But no one has. Well, it’s time to figure that out once and for all. 

Raw Honey vs Sugar 

Both honey and sugar are sources of carbohydrates, but the way they’re produced and processed can have significant differences. 

Honey is obtained from flowers (mostly from the nectar of plants), while sugar is derived from a combination of sugar cane, beets, and corn. Although both honey and sugar contain sugar in the form of simple carbohydrates, they differ in their overall composition. 


You can find it in almost every processed product that you see on the supermarket shelves. Why? It tastes good. But is it good for you? 

The short answer is no. Refined white sugar undergoes many steps to remove impurities, producing a fine-grained, odourless product that dissolves quickly in liquids. What does that mean in simpler words? It’s stripped of vitamins and nutrients, and all you get is fructose and glucose. The food industry uses sugar in a wide variety of foods and drinks, but it’s listed under many different names. “Sugar” can mean regular table sugar (sucrose), or it can mean glucose, fructose, lactose and even high-fructose corn syrup. 

The good thing about table sugar is that it’s cheap, tastes good and can be used in a variety of ways. Sugar is widely used to prevent spoilage when food is commercially canned or stored, with sugar being added as a preservative. But the list is far longer when it comes to downsides:

  • Consuming too much sugar can lead to weight gain and obesity. 
  • High blood pressure and cardiovascular disease are two major complications associated with consuming too much sugar. If you have any of these conditions, watch your sugar intake. 
  • Diabetes is another serious complication of consuming too much sugar. It increases your risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes by as much as 30 percent. 
  • Sugar is high in glycemic index (GI), meaning it causes your blood sugar to spike with the sudden crash.

Sugar is bad for you. You know it. We know it. But somehow, it keeps creeping into our diets. We try to cut back and eliminate as much as possible, but sometimes, we need a little pick-me-up to keep us going — especially when we overindulge in the evening and end up feeling sluggish the next day.

But that’s where honey comes in:

Raw Honey can replace any use of sugar. It can sweeten a bowl of oatmeal or yoghurt. Drizzle over sliced fruit or toast for breakfast. Add it into your tea or coffee instead of sugar. Sweeten smoothies, yoghurt, or pancakes, porridge; drizzle on breakfast fruits; spice up rice dishes; stir into iced teas, baking and cocking with it. The options are endless.

  • Honey is a product made by bees. They collect nectar from flowers, boil it and then ferment it. This makes it into a thick syrup that contains water, minerals and amino acids. But there is a difference between cheap plastic bottled honey from a supermarket and raw-unpasteurised 100% natural honey. 

Raw honey doesn’t go through a process of pasteurisation and filtration which strips most of the nutrients, vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants naturally found in honey. In other words, cheap processed honey is nothing different from regular table sugar. 

These are just some of the many benefits that raw honey provides: 

  •  Antioxidant-rich
  •  Wound healing
  •  Antibacterial and antifungal
  •  Anticancer effects in animal studies
  •  Helping with digestive issues
  • Soothing a sore throat
  • Protecting against ulcers
  • Reducing cough symptoms
  • Improves sleep
  • Helps with allergies

The Bottom Line 

The sweet golden syrup that comes from the beehive has long been considered a nutritional powerhouse. This ancient food has been used for centuries as both a food and medicine. Raw honey is not only food that tastes absolutely delicious but can provide our bodies with essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to strengthen our immune system. Next time when you’re thinking between sugar or honey, just remember health benefits associated with raw honey far outweigh those associated with sugar. 

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