Nutrition for Honey

Calories, Protein, Vitamins and More

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Honey Nutrition Summary

One tablespoon of honey (21.2 grams or 0.75 oz) contains 64 calories and 0.1 grams of protein. Honey consist of 17% water, 82% carbohydrates, and less than 1% of total fat or protein.

Honey is an excellent source of a few nutrients, including carbohydrates.

In one tablespoon of honey:

  • Calories: 64
  • Protein: 0.1 g
  • Sugar: 17.4 g
  • Sodium: 0.8 mg
There is no significant amounts of dietary fiber, total fat, saturated fat or cholesterol in honey.

See the Honey Nutrition Chart for complete recommended daily values.
The specific nutritional values from USDA is for: Honey.

Calories in Honey

Honey has 64 calories per tablespoon or 302 calories for every 100 grams. Most of its calories are from carbohydrates.

99% of calories in honey are from carbohydrates.

Calories from Carbs

The majority, or 99% of the calories in honey are from carbohydrates. The carbs in honey are mostly in the form of sugar (100%).

  • Dietary fiber: < 0.1 g
  • Sugar: 17.4 g
There is no significant amounts of starch in honey.

Calories from Fat

Honey contains no fat.

Honey is cholesterol free and trans-fat free.

Calories Similar to Honey

Some other fruits or fruit juices with similar calories to honey by weight:

Protein in Honey

A single tablespoon of Honey contains 0.1 grams of protein. Honey is relatively low in protein, and is not a source of complete protein, containing little or small amounts of the majority of the nine essential amino acids.

  • Protein: 0.06 g
There is no significant amounts of tryptophan, threonine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, valine or histidine in honey.

Protein Similar to Honey

Some other fruits or fruit juices with similar amounts of protein to honey by weight:

Vitamins and Minerals in Honey

Honey is not known for its vitamin and minerals, but still contain trace amounts of a few nutrients.

Vitamins in honey (1 tbsp):
  • Niacin: < 0.1 mg
  • Vitamin c: 0.1 mg
  • Folate: 0.4 ug
Minerals in honey (1 tbsp):
  • Calcium: 1.3 mg
  • Potassium: 11 mg
  • Iron: 0.1 mg
  • Magnesium: 0.4 mg
  • Zinc: < 0.1 mg
  • Selenium: 0.2 ug
  • Phosphorus: 0.8 mg
  • Manganese: < 0.1 mg
  • Choline: 0.5 mg
There is no significant amounts of copper, vitamin a, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, vitamin b6, vitamin e, vitamin b12 or vitamin k in honey.

Honey Nutrition Chart


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Nutrition calculations are from Harvard Medical's nutrient guidelines [1] and USDA's food central database (2019) [2].
We calculated values from 2000 kCal daily recommended diet.

Honey in Cooking

Honey is in the top 25 most popular ingredients for recipes. Honey can be consumed raw. Most recipes call for one or two tablespoons of honey.

Friends and Relatives of Honey

Foods commonly cooked with honey:

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