I’ve started using honey instead of sugar since it is a more natural sweetener. I’ve been trying to cut down on sugar. I’m not fat or a diabetic. I just think it would be more healthy.
Well, you are still using sugar if you have switched to honey. Honey contains 40% sucrose (table sugar) and 60% fructose (fruit sugar).
Honey can be used to replace sugar in a recipe; 3/4 cup of honey can replace 1 cup of sugar in a recipe. You will have to reduce the liquid by 1/2 cup for each cup of honey you add to the recipe though.
If you want to cut down on your total intake of sugar, consider decreasing all sugars, white, brown, powdered, raw, as well as honey. You could limit your intake of foods sweetened with sugars to once a week rather than eating sweets daily. Another significant reduction in sugar could be made by adding only 1/2 to 1/3 the amount of sugar or honey called for in a recipe. You will be surprised how good cookies taste with half the sugar.
Sugar is a natural food. It comes from sugar cane or sugar beets. It is considered an empty calorie since there are no vitamins or minerals in sugar. Some advocates of honey claim that honey has vitamins and minerals. Honey does contain some nutrients, but 1 tablespoon of honey will provide less than 1/100 of your Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) for protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin C, calcium, and iron. There is no vitamin A in honey. This is not a significant contribution to your nutrient intake and honey is adding calories along with those trace amounts of nutrients.