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Sweet Healthful Honey

Sweet Healthful Honey

Nature's Soother

Pure honey, nature's soother, is more than just sweet.

A recent review of scientific literature revealed that honey contains antioxidants and, although in trace amounts, a wide array of vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

Watch Honey Labels

You do have to be sure to get pure raw honey. Some companies are mixing honey with cheaper sweeteners like sugar and corn syrup to cut costs. The FDA has called for full disclosure when honey is cut with anything else. Watch for labels that say "pure honey". Steer clear of any honey labeled "honey blend".

Honey contributes to a persons overall intake of recommended nutrients. Sweeteners, such as refined sugar, offer no additional nutrients. While honey should not be fed to infants under one year of age, honey is a safe and wholesome food for older children and adults.

Honey: A Quick Source of Energy

If you feel a boost of energy after eating honey, you're not imagining it! Honey is a natural mixture of the simple sugars glucose and fructose. Recent studies suggest that this unique mixture of sugars help in preventing fatigue and enhancing athletic performance.

Nutritional Information

Honey is an invert sugar formed from natural floral nectars gathered by bees. Fructose and glucose rank as the predominate carbohydrates, with maltose and sucrose present in small percentages as well as trace amounts of nutrients.

Because of its high fructose content (almost 40-percent), honey has a higher sweetening power than sugar. One tablespoon contains about 64 calories.

Super Quick Honey Tips

  • Sweeten coffee and tea with honey.
  • Stir a spoonful of honey into fruit juice or nonfat yogurt.
  • Drizzle warm honey over pancakes, cornbread and ice cream.
  • Dip apple slices or other fresh fruit in honey.
  • Dress up a snack of crackers and cheese with a dab of honey.
  • Perk up bottled Italian dressing by adding a splash of honey.
  • Mix 2-tablespoons honey into prepared barbecue sauce.

To keep the honey that's in the jar from making a mess in your cupboard, place the jar on a plastic lid. This helps to catch any drips that come down the sides.

Using Honey to Replace Refined Sugar

  • Bake it. Replace up to half the granulated sugar in a quick bread or muffin recipe with an equal amount of pure honey.
  • Restore crystallized honey. To restore crystallized honey, microwave 1 cup honey (in it's own glass jar) tightly covered with plastic wrap for 1-1/2 minutes.
  • Drink Up. Sweeten iced tea or smoothies with a specialty honey infused with fruit - try raspberry or blueberry.
  • Veg out. Use honey instead of sugar or corn syrup in glazed carrots and other sweetened vegetable dishes.
  • Sweet ending. Drizzle a little honey on a bowl of fresh seasonal fruit.

Honey: A Popular Folk Remedy

Honey has been a popular folk remedy for colds, coughs, fevers, splinters, and skin infections (Maiscott 2000). According to modern research, its reputation as an antiseptic may be warranted (Peirce 1999).

Research has found that honey, sometimes mixed with sugar, has been found to be an effective treatment for infections from bedsores, treatment of burns, and has displayed antimicrobial properties with typhoid, dysentery, and other bacteria (Root-Bernstein and Root-Bernstein 1997).

In the South, from 1750 to 1820, people used honey for chest complaints (Moss 1999). A modern folk remedy for colds among Southern African Americans is honey, lemon, and whiskey tea (Watson 1984).

Effective Face Mask:  Mix the pulp of an orange with one of two spoons of honey. Apply it on your face and leave it on for approximately 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. When done, your skin should feel soft and velvety.

Honey Syrup

Cough Syrup

Simple and effective for soothing a nagging cough.

3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup honey
1/4 cup warm water

In a medium-size bowl, combine the lemon juice and honey and slowly stir in the water. Store in the refrigerator until needed; take 1 or 2 tablespoons once every 3 hours to relieve coughing.

Hot Honey Dip Recipe

1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Ground black pepper and cayenne pepper, to taste

Combine ingredients; mix thoroughly. Use as a dip for pretzels and bread sticks, fresh vegetables, or chicken wings. Yield: 4 servings

Honey Cinnamon Spread Recipe

3/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Combine ingredients; mix thoroughly. Spread on English muffins, biscuits or sandwiches. Yield: 4 servings

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