Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is honey sweeter than sugar?

    On the average honey is 1 to 1.5 times sweeter than sugar. Liquid honey is approximately as sweet as sugar, yet contains only 82.4g carbohydraytes/100g (vs. 100g for sucrose) and provides only 304 Kcal/100g (vs. 400 Kcal for sucrose).

  • How much sugar does a tablespoon of honey contain?

    One tablespoon of honey weighs 21 grams, approximately 17 grams of that are carbohydrates.

  • What is the caloric value of honey?

    One tablespoon of honey contains 17 grams of carbohydrates and 60 calories (Kcal).

  • Does honey contain complex carbohydrates?

    Honey does contain small amounts of oligosaccharides, but no "complex" carbohydrates such as fiber.

  • Does the color of honey vary?

    The color and flavor of honeys differ depending on the blossoms visited by the honeybees. The color ranges from water white to dark amber and the flavor varies from delectably mild to distinctively bold. The color of fresh honey is related to its mineral content and is characteristics of its floral source. When purchasing honey for use in cooking, select mildly flavored honeys, such as clover where delicate flavors predominate. Use strongly flavored honeys in spreads or other recipes where a distinct honey flavor is desired.
  • What is the typical color of honey?

    Honey is classified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture into seven color categories: water white, extra white, white, extra light amber, light amber, amber and dark amber.
  • Does the color of honey change over time?

    Honey usually becomes darker as a result of storage. This depends upon the composition of the honey and its initial color. Generally, the darkening of honey is temperature sensitive and occurs more rapidly when honey is stored at high temperatures.
  • What is the shelf life of honey?

    Honey stored in sealed containers can remain stable for decades and even centuries! But for practical purposes, a shelf life of two years is often stated. Properly processed, packaged and stored honey retains its quality for a long time.
  • Technical Brochure reference guide

    This brochure includes information about honey composition, and other nutritional information

For more information go to the National Honey Board website