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by Manuka Honey Team March 08, 2021 2 min read

Honey, the Healthy, Natural Alternative to...

All around the world, we're spending more time thinking about our health. Choosing natural, organic or fresh produce is one way to make sure our bodies and minds stay in the best shape. 

It can be difficult to choose a natural alternative to sugar and the sweet things we love. 

Natural New Zealand Manuka Honey can be the perfect way to satisfy our need for something sweet. 

Manuka Honey versus Sugar

Is honey really an alternative to sugar? Well, let's line them up against each other. 

White table sugar contains 100g of sugar per 100g
Manuka Honey contains 78g of sugar per 100g.
1 teaspoon white sugar = 19kcal, 5g carbohydrates
1 teaspoon Manuka honey = 17kcal, 4.2g carbohydrates

Both Manuka Honey and sugar are made up of glucose and fructose. In white sugar, these are combined to form sucrose. Honey is higher in fructose, which is why it tastes sweeter than the equivalent amount of sugar. 
Manuka Honey is a natural alternative to sugar because you can use less honey and still get the sweetness you're used to. 

You can find versatile and conveniently packaged Manuka Honey Snap packs which offer a great substitute for sugar in your favourite hot drink and are perfect for on the go.  Additionally, Manuka Blend comes in a handy squeezable bottle and is perfect for everyday baking and cooking.  Squeezy, single serve & blends

Try this new abeeco MGO 515+ Manuka Honey produced deep in the rugged Taranaki bush, famed for its rich, fertile volcanic soil and the wild Manuka nectar, which produces a rich, complex, aromatic honey flavour.

Extra benefits of Manuka Honey 

Manuka honey also contains small amounts of minerals, vitamins and other
nutritional compounds.


  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamins B 1,2,3, 5 and 6


  • Calcium
  • Chromium
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Zinc

Nutritional compound

  • Enzymes
  • Amino acids
  • Methylglyoxal (MGO) 

With white sugar, sucrose is all you get.
Manuka Honey is widely known for containing the natural compound Methylglyoxal (MGO). Read more about MGO here:

MGO is one of the compounds that give natural New Zealand Manuka Honey its
unique super-food properties. 

Choosing Manuka Honey as an alternative to sugar means you get extra natural
compounds. Not just a touch of sweetness.

Manuka Honey is flexible

You can use Manuka Honey everywhere you'd use sugar: in baking, in your tea or in your smoothie. But that's not all. 

Keeping a pot of “therapeutic grade” (MGO250+ or higher) Manuka Honey in your cupboard means you've also got access to a natural pharmacy. You can use Manuka Honey in the same places you'd usually use sugar and in your natural first-aid kit too. 

Manuka Honey is an excellent natural alternative to sugar

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