The Scientist: Keith Kantor, Ph.D., a nutritionist and author of the children’s book The Green Box League of Nutritious Justice
The Answer: Sugar is sugar. And honey is (mostly) sugar. But if you’re choosing between the two from a health perspective, err on the side of the sticky stuff.
Honey also has trace elements in it — stuff that bees picked up while going from plant to plant. These will depend on region, so depending on the source of your honey it could have varying small amounts of minerals like zinc and selenium, as well as some vitamins. And because honey doesn’t break down in nature, it doesn’t contain preservatives or other additives.
As with anything sweet, you can overdo it, but if you’re going to use a spoonful of something in your tea, go for honey over sugar.