Friday, May 2, 2008

The Benefits of Honey

Did you know that to make one pound of honey, honey bees must tap into two million flowers? Did you also know that a hive of bees fly over fifty-five thousand miles to bring that one pound of honey?

Raw honey is an amazing whole food that is 80% natural sugar, 18% water and 2% vitamins and minerals that are essential for growth and development. It has antioxidants and is a fat free, cholesterol free and sodium free food. Just think...John the Baptist survived on nothing but locust and wild honey! Ok...I can do without the locust but the honey is great!

Some benefits of eating honey:

Aids in digestion
Boosts energy naturally
Build immunity
Natural remedy for some ailments

Doctors have started using honey to help diabetics heal sores and foot ulcers. Honey, with it's natural anti-biotic properties, is believed to heal wounds and fight infections.

Many places in the Bible mention honey and yet we've gone on to "better" sources of sweets. Actually, we've gone on to cheaper sweets but honey was always associated with good health and even wealth. Remember the land "flowing with milk and honey?"

Our family has brought honey back into our lives as a way to get back to a more natural diet. We've used it as sweetener in our drinks and in all of our baking. In most cases, it can be substituted in your recipes but it's just as good over warm bread or biscuits!

I encourage you to try some this week!

Have a great day!

Mavis D.


ohhollyf said...

We use local honey to help combat hayfever. nd, peanutbutter ans honey sandwiches are delightful.

Mavis D. said...

Yes, we have a friend who uses bee pollen to combat her allergies. She doesn't have any problems this year and is very please with it's success.

Our boys love peanut butter and honey sandwiches, honey on sliced bread or biscuits and I've even caught them just eating a teaspoon full of straight honey.

Other than that, we use it in baking and making "sweets" instead of using so much sugar.

Candace said...

Hi Mavis,
We love honey too.
Thanks for your post and the links.
I just wish it wasn't so expensive.
Do you have a favorite type of honey (wildflower, clover, etc)?

Mavis D. said...

I haven't been able to tell a difference. I think some honey is stronger tasting than other honey but I don't know what makes the difference.

I can't figure out why they say one is clover honey and one is wildflower the bees know the difference in flowers? he he he