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The Buzz on Honey

The Good-for-You Sweetener


2/24/2012 5:15:05 PM

SOLSTICE901's SparkPage
It's great with hot water for a sore throat.
2/24/2012 1:53:01 PM

One of my fav morning breakfasts in the summer is greek yogurt and raw honey. Mmmm love the stuff.
2/24/2012 1:33:27 PM

As the study was funded by the National Honey Board, I'm a bit skeptical about the results. The micronutrients in honey are minute and make little nutritional difference, if any.

Honey is tasty and versatile, but it's still, essentially, sugar. Your body will treat it that way. The caveats against people with sugar metabolism issues using honey are buried in the article. As with all things, a little from time to time is fine.
2/24/2012 11:37:46 AM

I collect varietal honeys. It's amazing how different they all taste from each other, even though they're all just honey. The types I tend to stick to are forest, wildflower, and buckwheat.
2/24/2012 10:30:43 AM

SCIFIMOM's SparkPage
Also about buying locally sourced raw honey: There's a lot of research suggesting that consuming local raw honey filled with local pollens can help your body develop better immunity to them, which is helpful for people suffering seasonal pollen allergies. Many in my family get relief that way, and it really seems to work for them. I can't do it personally because I'm a type 2 diabetic trying to control blood sugar with diet, and honey doesn't help.
2/24/2012 10:22:21 AM

KCDEBI's SparkPage
I would email this if I knew who to send it to: at the end, she advised vegetarians might want to avoid honey because bees make it. I think that she means vegans and not vegetarians.
2/24/2012 10:19:52 AM

ZABELINA1's SparkPage
My sis was born with horrible eczema all over her body and my mom cured her with honey. No prescription drugs.
2/24/2012 10:16:56 AM

ZABELINA1's SparkPage
My grandmother works with honey. She knows a million different types of honey and what they are good for. And she's got a legion a grateful customers that tell her how much better they feel and how great their blood tests are now.
For people with heart problems she makes a mix of dried apricots, prunes and light honey.
And she always said (I don't know if it is true) that people with high blood pressure should avoid dark colored honey like buckwheat variety (my favorite yum).
So I do believe in honey and I do use it but never abuse it.
Go ahead and have a teaspoon of sunny sweetness.
2/24/2012 10:00:44 AM

I have used honey as my sweetener for years. My father used it in his coffee in place of sugar. If you have allergys like hay fever it some how counter acts it for you. It has helped alot with my allergies. Use on oatmeal, cottage cheese and other places for sweetener.
2/24/2012 9:24:46 AM

I generally roll my eyes at anyone who prattles on about the dangers of HFCS or artifical sweeteners, "I only use natural sweeteners like cane sugar or beet sugar or agave."

So sorry to break it to you, all those are as artificial as HFCS and require about the same amount of processing.

There is only one natural sweetener: honey! (Second place goes to maple syrup/sugar as they require some processing.)

But, if you want the chemically next best thing to honey (vegans?) use HFCS.

Though I must admit, there is something about a Coca-Cola sweetened with cane sugar that just beats the socks off HFCS-sweetened Coke hands down.
2/24/2012 6:06:00 AM

I used a nice 'make your own' face mask the other day that had honey!
rt-and-turmeric-mask-skin-need-to-eat/ Basically I added 1 tsp of tumeric and 1 dessert spoon of honey to 1 tbsp of yogurt. I put it on my face for 15-20 mins while had a bath and washed it off with my normal cleanser. My skin did feel better and brighter. Addidionally, I still had 2/3rd of the mask left after use so added it to my tofu to marinate in and it tasted lovely! I will definitely try it again for both my face and with food.
2/24/2012 1:13:30 AM

AUNA_VISTA's SparkPage
I once put honey on a sun hive, overnight, and it was gone by morning!

The only thing wrong with this article, and it's big, is that you didn't mention that we should be buying locally made honey. Otherwise, we run the risk of getting honey from China that's been smuggled into the US. Chinese honey isn't always honey, and it usually contains lead and antibiotics.
2/24/2012 12:31:45 AM

Good to know! I've always used honey but it's nice to know there are some benefits to it besides the taste.
2/24/2012 12:20:28 AM

When I was young, my dad took up bee keeping as a hobby for a while. The honey was delicious. He would move it from spot to spot, and so we were introduced to the difference flavors of honey from mountain wildflowers, alfalfa, and honey from a pecan orchard. He used friends' property and those were the places he could put his hives--near a mountain cabin, a farm and a pecan orchard. This was a very interesting experience, and the mountain honey was particularly delicate and delicious. Honey remains one of my favorite food.
1/19/2012 3:58:57 PM

CLCCOOL's SparkPage
Honey is the ONLY sweetner I will use! Also, what lead me to this article was an SP article about it being the same as sugar for someone with Diabetes, which ISN'T true, my father has diabetes & while doing research, they have found that honey can actually lower your blood sugar! Also, I have green tea & honey before bed every night, it speeds up your metabolism while sleeping & the nutrition that my dad met with said that this can actually, lower your morning blood sugar reading in the morning!
Honey is also a natural anti-biotic, I don't get sick & when I have any cuts or cold sores, I put honey on it & it heals quicker than anything else!

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