In addition, Taste of Home also notes that you can add baking soda to alleviate the acidity of the honey, lightly decrease the amount of liquids in the recipe, and lower the temperature. Also: use common sense. Make sure the swap is logical and don’t just substitute willy-nilly.
Little Coffee Place notes that while the caloric content of sugar and honey is similar, the GI (or glycemic index) is much lower in honey than in sugar, which is better for you in the long-run. Medical News Today reports that sugar has “no added nutrients.” Honey also has a slew of vitamins and minerals, and is also an antioxidant. Honey also helps with digestive issues, and can alleviate issues like cough and sore throat. There are many different types of honey, and the nuances differ wildly from honey to honey. Furthermore, honey is “less processed than sugar as it is usually only pasteurized before use,” according to Medical News Today. Honey has been found to help with burns, wounds, and dry skin. Be mindful not to give honey to any child younger than 12 months — it can result in infant botulism.
As Greatist notes, “no type of sweetener is a health food,” so definitely be mindful of your consumption. Overall, however, swapping honey for sugar (or vice-versa) is definitely doable and delicious. Try some honey in your coffee tomorrow and see if you’re fond of the swap. It’s also absolutely delicious in cocktails – with or without alcohol.