Refined sugar is a source of “empty calories,” meaning there is no benefit in eating it. To digest sugar, vitamins and minerals stored in the body are used, which consequently uses up many essential nutrients that are used to dissolve fats and cholesterol. However, honey balances this effect because it is a good source of nutrients, and may contribute to weight loss because it is a pure source of glucose. (1)
Honey contains sugar, however, unlike refined sugar honey also contains water, energy, fiber, beneficial vitamins and minerals: iron, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, calcium, folate, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and low levels of selenium, protein, fiber and amino 26 acids.