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Nutrition in Buckwheat Honey

By Sylvie Tremblay, MSc

Honey has long been used worldwide as a flavoring and in alternative medicine. Buckwheat honey is an especially dark variant of honey, with a relatively strong and distinctive flavor. This honey shares several nutritional characteristics with other varieties of honey, though buckwheat also contains nutritious compounds not found in lighter honeys.

Calories

Buckwheat honey, with a relatively high number of calories per serving, is a good source of energy. One tablespoon of honey contains 64 calories, and a standard-sized packet of honey found at restaurants typically contains about 43 calories, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database. Dieters and those looking to lose weight should consume honey in moderation to avoid excess caloric intake.

Sugar

The majority of the calories in buckwheat honey are from sugar. Each tablespoon of honey contains 17.3 g of carbohydrates, almost all of which is from sugars. The sugar in honey is mostly glucose and fructose, with very small amounts of sucrose, the same compound that makes up table sugar. Individuals following a sugar-controlled diet, such as those with diabetes, should consume honey sparingly, to avoid high levels of sugar consumption.

Vitamins and Minerals

Buckwheat honey is a source of vitamins and minerals. It contains potassium, an essential mineral to support your body’s nerve, muscle and heart function, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Honey also contains betaine, a compound that aids in liver functioning and may help reduce the risk of heart disease. Combine buckwheat honey with other healthy foods, such as whole-grain toast, Greek yogurt or fruit, to consume a meal rich in beneficial vitamins and minerals.

Anti-Oxidants

Unlike many lighter varieties, buckwheat honey contains large amounts of anti-oxidants -- beneficial chemicals that prevent molecular damage to your cells. Cornell University explains that the anti-oxidants in buckwheat honey are beneficial to cardiovascular health, since consuming the honey can help maintain the levels of “good” cholesterol within your bloodstream, while promoting the breakdown of “bad” LDL cholesterol. When consuming honey, select buckwheat honey for its anti-oxidant content and potential benefits to your cardiovascular system. Do not use honey as a treatment for any symptom or condition without first consulting your doctor.

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