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The Buzz on Honey

The Good-for-You Sweetener

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4/7/2009 12:27:08 PM

COLLEENKELLEY's SparkPage
I loooooooove honey...especially drizzled over a slathering of peanut butter on some toast or an English muffin. Of course that's only a rare treat for me nowadays since PB is so high in calories, but they taste divine together. I've also used it in tea, but only certain kinds - Celestial Seasonings makes a delicious dessert tea called "Almond Sunset" and a little drizzle of honey in that is amazing.
4/3/2009 3:46:23 PM

DOLLIE6's SparkPage
I have been taking one tablespoon of honey mixed with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon a day and it its helping my allergies. I am not itching. I got honey that was in my area to help me with my allergies.
4/3/2009 10:49:15 AM

JULESCP's SparkPage
My son is highly and violently allergic to over-the-counter cold medicines. His pediatrician recommended Buckwheat Honey as a natural cough suppressant. UNBELIEVABLE. It wasn't easy to find - had to go to a Whole Foods Market - but the results are stunning. When we give him a tablespoon before he goes to bed on evenings when he's fighting a cough/cold, he sleeps through the night without coughing. It's amazing.
1/18/2009 8:37:44 PM

ALNESBITT's SparkPage
Honey has many uses. I had a cough I could not get rid of. I tried a table spoon of buck wheat honey three times per day and it worked. I know use a tablespoon of it on my cream of wheat or oatmeal. If I forget, I miss the flavor.
1/18/2009 11:48:03 AM

DANASEILHAN's SparkPage
There's a lot of that mythology going around about how fructose-heavy sweeteners are better for diabetics, but that's all it is--a myth. If you're at risk for diabetes and switch to honey as your main sweetener but don't change your general habit of eating lots of sweet and starchy foods, you will *not* forestall the disease.

Also, this did not surprise me:

"According to the National Honey Board, the nutrients in honey include niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc."

Well, it's the primary food of bees. Why would it be nutritionally empty? But from the standpoint of human nutritional need, these are only present in trace amounts. You're better off trying to get them in larger amounts from unsweetened foods. I was surprised to learn, for instance, that beef is high in potassium. (Who knew?) It's going to have the B vitamins in it as well.

I have raw honey in my pantry and occasionally use it in foods for my daughter but as I'm low-carbing, I can't eat a lot of it because it makes me sick. I can only imagine what it's doing to people who are already overloaded on sugar. The advice in the article to use it in moderation should not be taken to mean a "moderation" that has you eating half a cup a day. Don't even eat it every day. You're better off getting antioxidants from fruits and veggies.

I would sure love to use it in a beauty regimen though. I have a book about how to make skin-care products at home out of food ingredients. :)
10/29/2008 1:53:09 PM

ZANTONK's SparkPage
Great to see good press about honey. I am a bee "charmer" and keep two hives in my yard. I love the ladies and they love me back with lots of raw delightful honey. You will never see an over wieght bee..... the girls are just too busy!!
10/21/2008 7:33:39 AM

WHISKERS12189's SparkPage
Great Article. I have loved honey ever since my mother had three hives. I never got to work with the bees, but I did love that honey!

Ann
8/24/2008 2:55:34 AM

JIBBIE49's SparkPage
Great article.
RAMOLA1
8/3/2008 10:00:22 PM

It is an interesting article.
I did not know honey is rich in antioxidantsand it helps with insomnia.
I am not sure if you are aware that honey helps in fighting common cough. It isa great medicine in curing open wound, as well.
MELINKY
7/16/2008 4:29:26 PM

I've never thought honey was sinful. I can't eat it due to allergies.
7/15/2008 2:55:13 AM

BRANDI1809's SparkPage
Honey is brilliant especially with cinnamon. Try looking this pair up on the Internet, you will be amazed at the benefits of using them together.
SUMMERDC
6/2/2008 2:48:43 PM

Honey works great as a boost before exercise, and keeps me from the nausea I got from eating food beforehand. I needed the blood sugar to rise without a full tummy.
1/19/2008 9:34:51 PM

JUNEE1949's SparkPage
great article. honey in my tea as an evening treat. how sweet is that.
1/19/2008 9:23:50 PM

LOSETOWIN!'s SparkPage
Great article! Thank you for pointing out the benefits of this natural delight. Also - I didn't see you calling the foods sinful, just that they have been considered by some to be "sinful!"
1/19/2008 9:00:45 AM

VARGA11's SparkPage
EXCELLENT ARTICLE,THANKS! I have used honey last 15 years for my skin and they say I look 10 years younger than I am... VARGA )O(

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