How much sugar in bee pollen?
I have been taking bee pollen for a few years now(Duthcmans) and am about to embark on a new food regimen which consists of significantly lowering my sugar intake to less than 20 grams a day.
I want to keep bee pollen in my diet but have been unable to ascertain how many grams of sugar are in a tablespoon.
Do you know the actual grams per tablespoon? I would appreciate any insight you can provide.
Bee pollen contains roughly 25% carbohydrates. This would equate to about 8 grams of carbohydrates per tablespoon.
In these carbohydrates, from 10 to 15 percent is natural sugars, including fructose, glucose, pentose, raffinose, stachyose and sucrose.
So, if 15% of the carbs are sugars, then on average you'd have about 1.2 grams of natural sugars per tablespoon.
These are essentially the same simple natural sugars that are found in honey, and which exist in easily digested chains and bonds. Many are converted to a predigested form by the enzymatic action of the bee's salivary glands. What this means is the the sugars are burned very well by the human body. (and less likely to be stored as fat like refined sugars)
Hope the helps!