Both are natural sweeteners with countless health benefits, but which wins out? It’s a pretty close race, but we think that pure maple syrup would win this race. Both products are similar in calorie content, but maple syrup still contains less calories. Maple syrup contains a little fat (.1 gram per tablespoon), whereas honey doesn’t contain any, but maple syrup has an astounding antioxidant and mineral profile. Maple syrup is also lower in fructose and sugars. Both products are great for you in moderation as natural sweeteners, but keep in mind they both have a moderately high sugar content.