When it comes to healthy alternatives to sweetening food, both honey and pure maple syrup often come up in the conversation. But is one better than the other? If using substantial quantities, we think so.
For instance, per tablespoon, honey has 23% more calories than pure maple syrup. Even more, honey contains 40% more sugar than pure maple syrup!
While the two are often compared or thought of as equally healthy choices, it's pretty clear that they are anything but.
Of course, depending on the taste profile you desire, you may find that one suits better than the other. In that instance, rest assured, these are both great, natural alternatives to processed sugar and high fructose corn syrup any way you slice it!
That said, we actually prefer and recommend low-calorie or non-calorie natural sweeteners, such as stevia and erythritol, over maple syrup and honey in most instances. For baking recipes, we often find a combination of natural sweeteners like maple syrup or honey, plus a non-calorie or low calorie sweetener like stevia and erythritol is the best taste/calorie trade-off.
Of course, too much sugar (even from natural sources) can be damaging to your gut health, brain function, memory, and blood sugar levels, which we've talked about extensively at the links below:
To your success,
Co-Founder, BioTrust Nutrition