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The Buzz on Honey

The Good-for-You Sweetener


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.
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.
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!
4/7/2009 12:27:08 PM

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

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

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!


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