Only a queen bee might love her hive more than we would however we do have them to thank for the sweet substance they produce from the nectar of flowers.

There is no short supply of sweet foods but there is something magical about honey. It is sweeter than table sugar and its wonderfully thick, liquid texture makes it PERFECT for cakes, crackers and breads.

Honey contains trace amounts of mineral and B vitamins and overall it’s not much more nutritious than plain table sugar. Yet according to Selene Yeager in The Doctors Book® of Food Remedies “research suggest that honey can relieve constipation, speed healing, and prevent infections.” Peter Molan, PhD, professor of biochemistry and director of the Honey Research Unit at the University of Wiakato in Hamilton, New Zeland, who has been studying the healing properties of honey for more than 15 years says, “Some people have called honey a remedy rediscovered.”

In The Kitchen

Honey and sugar can be used interchangeable in most recipes with just a few adjustments:

  • Honey is sweeter than sugar, so you can substitute 1 cup of honey for 1 1/4 cups of sugar if you reduce the liquid in the recipe by 1/4 cup.
  • When using honey for baking, add a pinch of baking soda. This will neutralize honey’s acidity and help the food to rise. If the recipe contains sour cream or sour milk, you can forgo the baking soda.
  • When using honey instead of sugar in jams, jellies, or candies, increase the cooking temperature just a bit to allow the extra liquid to evaporate.

Getting The Most

Shop for raw honey. The high heats used in making processed honey will disable some of the protective compounds, says Dr. Molan. To get the most antibacterial power, raw honey is your best bet.

Make it Manuka. While most raw honeys contain some active ingredients, Manuka honey contains the most. This is particularly important when you’re taking honey as a treatment for relieving ulcers, says Dr. Molan. You can often find Manuka honey in health food stores. It’s important, however, to read the label to make sure that you’re getting “active Manuka honey.” If it doesn’t contain the active compounds, the honey won’t be effective for ulcers, Dr. Molan explains.

About the Author Michael Lantz (Big Papa)

The Wellness Warrior™; Health & Leadership/Business Coach, Speaker, Blogger, Author, Ironman Triathlete Helping others live with more health and joy, paying for their dreams and make a difference in the world! Learn more: http://HealthIsAHabit.live

One comment

  1. We use small amounts of Organic Raw Honey several times a week in our Organic Herbal Teas and Green Smoothies. I also placed some on my daughters eyes when she was having a bad allergy reaction and it helped her.
    Honey has naturally occurring antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties.

    I use it in La Chica Organica’s “Roses to the Rescue” balm & lip gloss as a safe and non toxic preserver.

    Honey can also be used on the skin, in the hair and according to past and recent research to treat a wide array of allergies.

    But as all things I strongly recommend Organic Raw Honey. That way you are sure that the honey does not contain traces of pesticides, fungicides or herbicides, plus it is not heated to destroy its life building properties!

    May the Honey be with you™!

    La Chica Organica™

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