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The Buzz on Honey

The Good-for-You Sweetener


3/3/2013 11:18:09 AM

I'm going to try honey instead of syrup
1/1/2013 9:57:57 AM

I would like to see a little more information published on SparkPeople about Honey. Contrary to common thought, it is NOT processed just like sugar. Read about the fructose paradox if you need more information. Like with fruits and vegetables, the fructose and glucose from honey are absorbed simultaneously and play much less havoc with blood sugar levels.
6/18/2012 8:52:49 AM

JPEARL127's SparkPage
Interesting and informative. For years, when we took our son to college, we would stop at a roadside stand to purchase honey made by a woman in Guttenberg, Iowa. I still have some, and it needs to be heated to melt into useable form, but it is still as delicious as it was when it was fresh!
2/24/2012 7:36:47 PM

Honey and cinnamon is a great throat/cough soother.
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.

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