I believe in the benefits of honey so much. Check it out, click the links and read the articles, and start enjoying this great food. Although, I write a blog about Southern food and cook like a Southerner, there are certain foods I have been eating all my life and totally believe they have helped me to be in the shape I am today. (I take no medicine and am very active and eat anything I want but in moderation). Last week, I did a post on the benefits of walnuts. This week it is honey.
Honey has been one of my favorite things since I was a little girl. My father had bee hives and we always had a jar of honey in the house. Today is no different. I eat honey almost every day and love it. I cook with it, put it on my cereal in the mornings, and eat honey and peanut butter sandwiches. There’s nothing better than honey and real butter on a homemade biscuit.
The honey bee is the only insect that produces food eaten by humans. Did you know that an average honey bee only makes one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime? The honey bee has been around for at least 30 million years!
Honey has so many uses that I can’t begin to name them all in this post. As far back as ancient times honey was used for its healing powers. Put it on burns and apply to wounds to prevent infections. Honey and lemon juice is good for a sore throat and will ease a cough. Just do not give honey to children under 1 year of age.
Native American women used honey on their skin as a moisturizer.
According to scientific research honey may be the new antibiotic.
Honey is an instant energizer, an antioxidant and improves your immune system. Honey consumption may have a positive effect on factors associated with heart disease risk.
In many ways, honey is superior to sugar when it comes to nutrition but if you are diabetic you cannot replace the sugar with honey and think that it will lessen diabetes. Honey is natural and has an abundance of vitamins. If you are diabetic and reduce your intake of carbohydrates and like the taste of honey it is not bad if used in moderation and it is healthier than sugar.
The darker the honey the better it is as an antioxidant.
Have you ever heard that local honey is good for allergies? I’ve heard that all my life. It may be a myth but I know people who swear by it.
Honey is the only food that does not spoil. It will crystallize. You can place it in a pan of water; and heat over low heat until the honey returns to its original consistency. Be sure to remove the lid first.
Check out The Healing Powers of Honey, too.
In recipes, substitute ¾ cup of honey for every cup of sugar in the recipe. Honey is sweeter than sugar so you don’t need as much. Reduce liquids in the recipe by ½ cup for every 1 cup of honey you add.
I can’t say enough about this great gift to mankind from the bee. The next time you get a chance purchase a jar of honey as a staple for your cupboard.
Here is a great recipe for Honey Baked Chicken Breasts.
Do you already enjoy the benefits of honey or use it in cooking or recipes? Leave me a comment on here or Facebook with your thoughts