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The Buzz on Honey

The Good-for-You Sweetener

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9/10/2010 9:38:04 AM

MBOURKE8's SparkPage
My mom and aunt used to keep bees and I was raised with honey as the only sweetener kept in the house.

I should say I also have a horrible fear of bees, as well!
9/10/2010 7:08:18 AM

BARBARA-ANNE's SparkPage
Thank you for the information about honey. It is interesting to note the antibacterial qualities you write about. My friend, who is a thoroughbred horse trainer, has used honey for many years for healing cuts and wounds on horses' legs. My parents, who immigrated to Canada from Europe in the first quarter of the 20th Century (oh, that sound so long ago!) also talked about the healing qualities of honey - pure, unpasterized, of course. My husband talkes a tablespoonful mixed with cinnamon for his arthritis every day and swears by it. I believe we haven't even started to tap the full potential of this wonderful, pure food.
8/15/2010 12:40:18 PM

UNIQUELYBETH's SparkPage
I love raw honey! I have started cooking with it recently. It feels good to use something real instead of toxic artificial sweeteners.
Also honey with cinnamon on Ezekiel bread toast is excellent!
7/31/2010 4:28:57 PM

NGILLARD's SparkPage
My husband and I have been beekeepers for 20 years. Thanks for the informational article. The UC Davis study is interesting however, I don't think it's realistic to take 4 tablespoons of honey a day. That's a lot of carbs, calories and well......honey. I think the common advise among beekeepers is 1 tbs in the a.m and 1 tbs in the p.m. That's more reasonable. When people ask about help with allergies, I give them the amount above and then say "Do this everyday for 10 days and then think to yourself, 'Do I feel better?'" Also, honey will not help with all allergies. So If you're allergic to indoor allergens, pet hair, dust, etc. sorry, no luck. Honey helps with the pollens in your local area. If you live in Wisconsin, don't expect Orange Blossom honey to be any help to you. Go to your local farmer's market and buy whatever honey they're selling. Enjoy.
5/30/2010 12:36:40 PM

BIJOUX7's SparkPage
I drizzle it on my greek yogurt. Yummy and healthy.
2/2/2010 6:13:13 AM

BUNTERBESSIE's SparkPage
I also swear by Manuka honey, it not only tastes wonderful, it has many healing properties and can even be used topically, ie for cuts, scars and so on! Manuka is excellent for ibs and tummy/digestive disorders too.
11/9/2009 11:32:24 AM

DAVEYSHADOW's SparkPage
I am great believer in the use of honey. i am a hayfever sufferer and I take it all through the season just a half a teaspoon a day. It has to be local honey, but it really works and reduces my reliance on antihistamines. It is not a lot of calories to sacrifice on something that is so good for my health.
KCHONEY
11/9/2009 11:30:59 AM

I've been spouting off to anyone who'll listen about the awesomeness of honey!
As a beekeeper I have been in a constant battle with myths about honey!
Great to hear good some press for a change!
11/9/2009 11:29:12 AM

GLENDAJ5's SparkPage
4 tbsp of honey has 255 calories!!! I'm not willing to give up 1/5 of my intake in order to add this to my diet.
9/20/2009 4:30:11 PM

REALBECCA's SparkPage
I've always loved the taste of honey. I agree that the "natural" foods are almost always better than their processed alternatives.
ROSILEIGH
9/20/2009 1:09:27 PM

I am a great believer in honey especially manuka honey from New Zealand,it has anti bacterial qualities, i always take it at the first sign of a cold or sore throat.
9/20/2009 1:23:40 AM

PO_PAZZA's SparkPage
I recently harvested 1 1/2 gallons of beautiful honey from one of my hives. I've always loved the flavor. How nice to know I'm getting an antioxidant boost, too. I've read that 30% of the food we consumes relies on honeybees for pollination. It behooves us all to protect this wonderful creature that is being assaulted by colony collapse disorder and other pests and diseases.
9/13/2009 10:54:00 AM

MSYATES04's SparkPage
Ok do I or do I not use honey..My trainer says not to use it..I take honey in my tea every morning..because of what the trainer said I stopped using it.
TRIM_FIT_01
5/20/2009 1:44:45 PM

I take natural honey in my hot cereal every day. Another good food to probably become known to scientists soon is tomatoes for tomatoe paste. I add tomatoe paste to almost everything.
4/25/2009 11:38:47 AM

JECKIE's SparkPage
Hmm... so real food is good for us. Who knew! ;) Seriously, though, when faced with the chemically altered sweeteners, or honey, reach for the honey! And if you have allergies, get local honey. It is great at pushing back some of those nasty spring and summer allergies!

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