Honey is not just a delicious, healthy treat, it has many benefits that are largely unknown. While we know it can be a natural sweetener, today we are going to learn about the hidden benefits of honey.
Not all honey is equal. It starts out amazingly, and then mass manufacturers and producers mess it up. The honey you see on the shelves at your local grocery store is probably not the type of honey you want to buy.
You do not want pasteurized honey. Pasteurized honey is heated to such a high degree to “kill the bad stuff” that there is literally nothing beneficial left. Read labels and read them carefully.
The honey you want to buy is raw honey, and preferably local too. The hidden benefits that follow are found in raw (unpasteurized) honey.
Sweetening advantages of Honey
Honey is sweet – that is a given. It adds a special touch to almost every recipe, which is why honey is the gift that keeps on giving. It can be your secret ingredient, always revealing new possibilities.
People mostly think of honey as a drizzle in desserts or a topping for toast. But honey is being recognized as a pantry staple more and more. It gives your recipes unbeatable flavor and unexpected functional benefits – from balancing flavors to providing moisture to baked goods, honey excels in many ways.
Honey is slightly sweeter than sugar, you can use less to achieve the same amount of sweetness in a dish. When substituting honey for sugar in recipes, begin by substituting honey for up to half of the sugar called for in the recipe. For baked goods:
- Reduce the liquid in the recipe by 1/4 cup for each cup of honey used.
- Add about 1/2 teaspoon baking soda for each cup of honey used.
- Reduce oven temperature by 25 degrees to prevent over-browning.
Honey is a natural source of carbohydrates, providing 17 grams per tablespoon, and because carbohydrates are the primary fuel the body uses, honey can help maintain muscle glycogen, which gives athletes the boost they need when they need it most. This makes honey an ideal treat for your working muscles.
Nutritional Benefits of Honey
Honey is versatile, varied and delicious, with a wide range of flavours and colours. It is also full of a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants.
The amount and type depends largely on the floral source (where the bees are collecting).
Nutritionally speaking, 1 tablespoon of honey (approximately 21 grams) contains about 65 calories and 18 grams of sugar. It is very high in plant compounds and antioxidants. The darker the honey, the more nutrient dense it is.
High-quality honey contains many important antioxidants, and antioxidants have been linked to many health benefits!
For centuries, honey has combated symptoms of the common cold, and various seasonal illnesses (allergies, flu). A spoon of honey can help relieve the irritation, although time is the most important healer of a sore throat.
For a delicious flu booster, you can also mix a teaspoon of honey with rooibos tea. Add a few drops of lemon juice and some shavings of ginger for some extra oomph!
Honey is a versatile and wholesome food for children and adults alike, something we can all agree on. However, after the age of one, is when it is recommended to introduce honey into a child’s diet.
If you can think of any other hidden benefits of honey, let us know it the comments. Read this post if you want to learn more about how bees make honey.
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