Is honey healthy? It depends. On one hand, it is high in antioxidants, such as phenolic acids and flavonoids, which help your brain to reduce oxidative stress and restore its antioxidant defense system. These antioxidant effects are especially important for an aging brain. Few studies have shown that honey can improve memory and learning in people who already have some problems.
On the other hand, honey itself is a form of natural sugar. It is definitely better than refined sugar, but it is still sugar. The source of sugar in your diet is important, but keep in mind – a large amount of it, whether it comes from honey, maple syrup or corn syrup, – will not do any good.
Last, but not least, a single tablespoon of honey contains 64 calories, no fiber, almost no vitamins and very little protein. Something to consider while frequently using honey in your cooking.