Posted June 29, 2010

We do requests at Nutrition Quiz, and loyal reader Ellen Johnson of Sacramento, Calif., implores us to feature raw honey. Hey, we are The Sacramento Bee, so Ellen’s wish is granted.

1. One tablespoon of honey contains 60 calories. How does that compare to 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar?

a) 12 more calories than sugar

b) 12 fewer calories than sugar

c) Same number of calories as sugar

2. According to Columbia University Health Services, why do most people use a smaller amount of honey as a sweetener, compared with sugar?

a) They worry about caloric intake and weight gain.

b) Honey is harder to digest than sugar.

c) Honey is sweeter and more dense than sugar.

3. True or false: Most vegans permit themselves to eat honey, even though it comes from bees.

4. According to a 1993 study in the journal Surgery, the topical use of honey can help which condition?

a) Gout

b) Gangrene

c) Gingivitis

5. True or false: You should not give a child under 12 months honey because of the risk of infant botulism.

6. What is one reason for a darker-hued honey?

a) Heat and indoor storage time

b) Honey cultivated in southern climes

c) Darker-colored bees

ANSWERS: 1: a; 2: c; 3: false; 4: b; 5: true; 6: a


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