What is there not to like about honey? There is not one thing I can think of. Honey is such a wonderful creation. This sweet liquid is used for food, medicine, and much more. The advantages of honey have been valued for ages.
Honey, an all-natural sweetener, starts as flower nectar. The nectar is collected by bees and then transformed into simple sugars stored inside the honeycomb. Honey is created by the constant fanning of the bees’ wings. In addition to creating this golden goodness, bees buzz around all day long pollinating 1/3 of the world’s food supply. Bees are some of the busiest little creatures.
Bees make so much more honey than their colony needs. For that, we can be grateful because we can enjoy the wonderful taste of honey. Beekeepers remove the excess honey and store it. The beekeepers collect the honeycomb frames and scrape off the wax caps. Once all the caps have been removed, the honeycomb frames are placed in an extractor that spins the frames forcing honey out of the honeycombs. After the honey has been completely extracted, it is strained to remove any remaining wax and other particles.
In the U.S. alone, there are over 300 unique types of honey available. Honey’s color, flavor, and aroma vary based on the nectar that was collected by the bees. Their shades range from nearly colorless to dark brown. Typically, the taste of light-colored honey is milder, and the flavor of dark-colored honey is stronger.
Not containing any fat, fiber, or protein, one tablespoon of honey (21 grams) contains 64 calories and 17 grams of sugar. Although honey is real low in vitamins and minerals, the trade-off is that it has many antioxidants. Antioxidants play a significant role in boosting overall health by preventing or slowing down cell damage caused by free radicals.
I want to start with my favorite use for honey. And that is using honey as a natural cough suppressant. When I have a coughing spell or my throat feels a little scratchy, honey is the first thing I reach for. A spoonful of honey usually does the job for me. Studies have discovered that honey worked better than cough medications at reducing cough symptoms.
Anyone else likes to enjoy a good cup of hot tea with a drop of honey? Honey is a delicious, healthy alternative to sugar. There’s no need to reach for sugar when you have honey nearby. Drizzling honey in your tea enhances the taste of your favorite tea. As a general rule, the tea shouldn’t be piping hot but pretty warm as you add 1 teaspoon of honey. If the water is too hot, it can kill the phytochemicals.
OTHER FASCINATING USES OF HONEY
- Strengthens immunity
- Promotes the growth of good bacteria in the intestine
- Alkalizes the body’s pH
- Prevents low white blood count
- Reduces ulcers
- Helps with anxiety
- Helps clear your sinuses
- Make honey and cinnamon paste to apply on an aching tooth
- Add honey to bathwater, if your area has hard water
- Reduces cholesterol. Just mix 2 tablespoons of honey and 3 tablespoons of cinnamon in 16oz tea.
- Helps with leg cramps. Take 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon of honey before bed.
- Used for scalp problems
- Counters pollen allergies
- Flushes parasites from liver and colon
- When consumed with warm water, honey helps in digesting the fat stored in your body
- Used for dry skin because of its nourishing properties
- Increases brain power by boosting memory and concentration
Steer clear of the lower grade honey brands. Many of the low-quality honey may be mixed with syrup. I prefer to stick to raw organic honey. The nutrients and enzymes of manufactured honey tend to be diminished during their processes.
Doctors recommend taking honey in the morning on an empty stomach. This gives you an energy boost and increases metabolism. Need a good night’s sleep, take a spoonful of honey before bedtime. Its calming effects really relaxes the mind and body.
Quick tips for including honey in your diet
- Stir honey in your favorite tea
- Drizzle honey on pancakes
- Mix honey in with your oatmeal
- Spread honey over toast
- Add honey to your dressing for added sweetness
Similar to anything else we digest, enjoy honey in moderation. Although it’s far better than sugar, too much honey may have an adverse effect due to its high sugar and calorie content. The American Heart Association advises the daily added sugar limit of no more than 24 grams for women and 36 grams for men.