What is the difference between sugar and raw honey? And is there a difference between raw honey and processed honey?
Raw honey contains a combination of sugars, including fructose and glucose, and smaller amounts of sucrose and maltose. It also contains small amounts of vitamins, minerals and a tiny bit of protein.
This combination does not raise the blood sugar nearly as rapidly as pure sugar, which has no nutrients included. Fructose, glucose, sucrose, (and all sugars) require vitamins for metabolism. Because sucrose (table sugar) has no nutrients, the body uses up its own nutrients to metabolize it. Raw honey is an excellent substitute for any recipe that asks for sugar. For your information, processed honey has been heated to ≥ 119° F. This destroys many of the nutrients, in a similar manner to the way that cooking vegetables removes many of their inherent nutrients.