Honey is not any less harmful to diabetics than granulated sugar, as it actually contains a slightly higher carbohydrate content per teaspoon, explains Mayo Clinic. Patients may incorporate honey into their diets if they prefer the taste to sugar, but they must remain mindful of their carbohydrate intake.
A teaspoon of honey also contains more calories than a teaspoon of sugar, notes Mayo Clinic. Honey has a sweeter taste than sugar, so diabetics can use fewer teaspoons for the same amount of sweetness. However, they still do not eliminate many calories or carbohydrates from their diets by switching to honey.