Does honey have nutritional value?

Bee Health March 02, 2016 Print Friendly and PDF


Honey consists primarily of glucose and fructose (both are carbohydrates) and 17-18% water. Unlike other sweeteners, honey has trace vitamins and minerals including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, potassium, riboflavin and zinc. Antioxidants are also found in honey. Flavanoids and phenolic acids found in honey act as antioxidants scavenging and eliminating free radicals. Darker honeys tend to have higher quantities of antioxidants. Honey also makes an effective antimicrobial agent for treating sore throats and other bacterial infections. - Nancy Ostiguy, Pennsylvania State University

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.