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Corn syrup vs. Honey — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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A recap on differences between Corn syrup and Honey

  • Corn syrup contains 6 times more Choline than Honey. While Corn syrup contains 13.3mg of Choline, Honey contains only 2.2mg.
  • The amount of Sodium in Honey is lower.

Food varieties used in this article are Syrups, corn, dark and Honey.

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Mineral Comparison

Mineral comparison score is based on the number of minerals by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" charts below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food.
Contains more Calcium +200%
Contains more Magnesium +300%
Contains more Phosphorus +175%
Contains more Copper +47.2%
Contains more Manganese +25%
Contains more Selenium +262.5%
Contains more Iron +13.5%
Contains more Potassium +18.2%
Contains less Sodium -97.4%
Contains more Zinc +450%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 5.4% 14% 5.7% 4.7% 3.9% 20% 1.1% 18% 13% 16%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 1.8% 16% 1.4% 1.7% 4.6% 0.52% 6% 12% 10% 4.4%
Contains more Calcium +200%
Contains more Magnesium +300%
Contains more Phosphorus +175%
Contains more Copper +47.2%
Contains more Manganese +25%
Contains more Selenium +262.5%
Contains more Iron +13.5%
Contains more Potassium +18.2%
Contains less Sodium -97.4%
Contains more Zinc +450%

Vitamin Comparison

Vitamin comparison score is based on the number of vitamins by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" charts below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food.
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Honey
Contains more Vitamin B1 +∞%
Contains more Choline +504.5%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +322.2%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +505%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +195.7%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +166.7%
Contains more Folate +∞%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 0% 0% 0% 0% 2.8% 2.1% 0.38% 1.4% 2.1% 0% 0% 7.3% 0%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 0% 0% 0% 1.7% 0% 8.8% 2.3% 4.1% 5.5% 1.5% 0% 1.2% 0%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +∞%
Contains more Choline +504.5%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +322.2%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +505%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +195.7%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +166.7%
Contains more Folate +∞%

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
Contains more Water +28.7%
Contains more Other +100%
Contains more Protein +∞%
Equal in Carbs - 82.4
78% 22%
Protein: 0 g
Fats: 0 g
Carbs: 77.59 g
Water: 22.01 g
Other: 0.4 g
82% 17%
Protein: 0.3 g
Fats: 0 g
Carbs: 82.4 g
Water: 17.1 g
Other: 0.2 g
Contains more Water +28.7%
Contains more Other +100%
Contains more Protein +∞%
Equal in Carbs - 82.4

Comparison summary table

Pay attention to the rightmost column. It displays the amounts side by side, giving a clearer understanding of the difference.
Corn syrup Honey
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Glycemic Index ok
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in price ok
Rich in minerals ok
Lower in Cholesterol Equal
Lower in Saturated Fat Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Corn syrup Honey Opinion
Net carbs 77.59g 82.2g Honey
Protein 0g 0.3g Honey
Carbs 77.59g 82.4g Honey
Calories 286kcal 304kcal Honey
Fructose 40.94g Honey
Sugar 77.59g 82.12g Corn syrup
Fiber 0g 0.2g Honey
Calcium 18mg 6mg Corn syrup
Iron 0.37mg 0.42mg Honey
Magnesium 8mg 2mg Corn syrup
Phosphorus 11mg 4mg Corn syrup
Potassium 44mg 52mg Honey
Sodium 155mg 4mg Honey
Zinc 0.04mg 0.22mg Honey
Copper 0.053mg 0.036mg Corn syrup
Manganese 0.1mg 0.08mg Corn syrup
Selenium 2.9µg 0.8µg Corn syrup
Vitamin C 0mg 0.5mg Honey
Vitamin B1 0.011mg 0mg Corn syrup
Vitamin B2 0.009mg 0.038mg Honey
Vitamin B3 0.02mg 0.121mg Honey
Vitamin B5 0.023mg 0.068mg Honey
Vitamin B6 0.009mg 0.024mg Honey
Folate 0µg 2µg Honey
Choline 13.3mg 2.2mg Corn syrup
Tryptophan 0.004mg Honey
Threonine 0.004mg Honey
Isoleucine 0.008mg Honey
Leucine 0.01mg Honey
Lysine 0.008mg Honey
Methionine 0.001mg Honey
Phenylalanine 0.011mg Honey
Valine 0.009mg Honey
Histidine 0.001mg Honey

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Corn syrup Honey
Low Fats diet Equal
Low Carbs diet ok
Low Calories diet ok
Low Glycemic Index diet ok

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Vitamins & Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score

The summary scores indicate the extent to which this food can fulfill your daily vitamin and mineral requirements if you consume 3 servings, consisting of 100 grams of each (an approximation of 3 serving sizes).
Vitamins Daily Need Coverage Score
1%
Corn syrup
2%
Honey
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
10%
Corn syrup
6%
Honey

Comparison summary

Which food contains less Sodium?
Honey
Honey contains less Sodium (difference - 151mg)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Honey
Honey is lower in glycemic index (difference - 29)
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Honey
Honey is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Corn syrup
Corn syrup is lower in Sugar (difference - 4.53g)
Which food is cheaper?
Corn syrup
Corn syrup is cheaper (difference - $0.2)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Corn syrup
Corn syrup is relatively richer in minerals
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)
Which food contains less Saturated Fat?
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The foods are relatively equal in Saturated Fat (0 g)

References

All the values for which the sources are not specified explicitly are taken from FDA’s Food Central. The exact link to the food presented on this page can be found below.

  1. Corn syrup - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168836/nutrients
  2. Honey - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169640/nutrients

All the Daily Values are presented for males aged 31-50, for 2000-calorie diets.

Data provided by FoodStruct.com should be considered and used as information only. Please consult your physician before beginning any diet.