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The Buzz on Honey

The Good-for-You Sweetener


4/3/2011 5:34:02 PM

For anyone wanting to try honey for allergy relief, be aware that you need to eat LOCAL honey to achieve that benefit. I simply use 1 teaspoon a day in a cup of tea or on an English muffin -- good stuff!
1/29/2011 1:34:07 AM

MNIELSEN66's SparkPage
I live in the Modesto, CA area and recently visited a company called Beekman & Beekman Honey which is located just south of here in Hughson (website: . They had 5 different honeys out for their customers to taste and I was amazed at the difference in flavor between them! Now that I know about the potential upside of using honey as a sweetner, I'll make sure and get some of this variety of flavors worked into my dining line up. Yum!
11/8/2010 11:06:14 PM

RHONDAJ130's SparkPage
I'm in south TX and Mountain Cedar is horrid - but there is a honey that is made from the pollen of M.C., and it is said that if you consume it on a regular basis it helps keep the allergic reaction down - like an immunity to it.
9/10/2010 9:52:59 PM

CAROLJ35's SparkPage
As a kid, we used honey in our house for as long as I can remember, so naturally I have always had it in my home. When my son makes stir fry, he drizzles in just a little honey. His kids and wife ask what he does to make the stir fry so tasty and he keeps it a secret.
One of my very favorites is toast with peanut butter and honey. Mmmm good!
9/10/2010 7:47:07 PM

I love honey! I have all natural dark honey but I haven't figured out how to keep it from getting hard. I have never heard of honey coming from another source except bees. Avocado honey and other "non bee" honey?? What is up with that?
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

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

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

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

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.
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

I've always loved the taste of honey. I agree that the "natural" foods are almost always better than their processed alternatives.

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