How Many Calories Are in Honey?

by Carolyn Robbins ; Updated September 28, 2017

A drizzle of honey over a piping hot biscuit is one of life's simple pleasures. Although far from a health food, honey is slightly better for you than granulated table sugar, according to Columbia Health. It contains trace amounts of vitamins and minerals and may aid healthy digestion. Enjoy honey as an occasional treat, but don't eat too much. To prevent the possibility of infant botulism, never give honey to an baby under 12 months of age.

A Spoonful of Honey

A teaspoon of honey has approximately 22 calories compared to the 16 calories found in the same serving of granulated sugar. The reason honey is slightly higher in calories is that it is more dense. Although honey and table sugar both contain sugar units called glucose and fructose, the molecules are unlinked in honey. The sticky syrup is sweeter, too, which means you need less to flavor food.

Sugar Guidelines

The American Heart Association recommends that women consume no more than 100 calories per day from added sugars including honey. Men have a slightly larger allowance of 150 calories.

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Carolyn Robbins began writing in 2006. Her work appears on various websites and covers various topics including neuroscience, physiology, nutrition and fitness. Robbins graduated with a bachelor of science degree in biology and theology from Saint Vincent College.