Facts you didnt know about honey

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“Has crystallized honey gone bad?”

No, it is perfectly good to eat. Honey NEVER spoils! Archaeologists have found honey in ancient Egyptians’ tomb that was still edible. Don’t ever put honey in the refrigerator, even after you open it. Cold temperatures hasten honey’s crystallization. However, most honey will crystallize eventually, no matter what. We like to eat it just like that- spooning it out and stirring into tea, it melts very quickly; or spreading it on toast like it were peanut butter- no problem. Crystallized honey is the real deal.

  • Honey is comprised of fructose, glucose, water, vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
  • The average pH of honey is 3.91, but it can range from 3.42 – 6.10.
  • Honey has a lower glycemic index than sugar. This means it doesn’t raise blood sugar levels as quickly.
  • By law, honey never contains artificial ingredients.

Bacteria will never grow in honey — Because of its high concentration of sugar, its high acidity, and because it actually contains a very small amount of naturally-occurring hydrogen peroxide, honey is hostile to bacteria growth. Therefore, honey will never spoil.

This antiseptic quality of honey is also why it is recommended as a healing agent for minor cuts, scrapes and especially burns. We recommend you try it instead of antibiotic ointment. Cover as usual with a band-aid, and see how remarkably it cures.

Honey is hygroscopic; it sucks moisture from the air, which is why it is such a great addition to baking. It keeps baked good moist and also adds shelf-life because of its anti-bacterial, or anti-oxidant, qualities.

Honey’s antioxidant properties make it an ideal addition to beauty treatments for the skin. See our Recipes page for more about this.

Honey is a fantastic addition to your work-out. It is a wonderful source of glucose for improved endurance, strength and performance, and many professional athletes eat honey by the teaspoonful to keep them going. Here are other facts about honey

1. It contains antioxidants

Some types of honey have been found to contain antioxidants (the darker the honey the more antioxidants it typically contains), which can help fight cell damage that may increase the risk for diseases like cancer, heart disease, etc. However, in order to really pack an antioxidant punch, you’d have to consume more than a teaspoon or two of honey; the American Heart Association recommends that most women consume no more than 25 grams or (6 teaspoons) of total added sugar per day (that’s about 100 calories worth). While a teaspoon used here and there can provide a small antioxidant bonus, we’d recommend getting antioxidants from more nutritious sources, like fruits and veggies.

2. It may help fight cancer

Preliminary studies on mice show that some types of honey may inhibit cancer cell growth. So far, studies have only been done in mice, so that can’t be translated with certainty to humans.

3. It may help heal your cuts and burns

Some research shows that the topical application of honey on minor to moderate wounds may speed up healing.

4. It may ease coughs

Small studies found that children’s coughs decreased with given honey.

5. It’s sweeter than sugar

Per teaspoon, honey contains 20 calories, 5 grams of sugar and no fat. Granulated sugar has 15 calories, 4 grams of sugar and no fat per teaspoon. Honey is slightly sweeter, so you can use a bit less — so the calories probably are about equivalent to granulated sugar when you account for using less honey.

6. It may help with weight control

We almost always recommend that people buy the plain version of foods and sweeten them themselves using a natural sweetener, so they’re able to control the amount of added sugar. But be sure to consume no more than 6 teaspoons (2 tablespoons) of honey per day, and that’s if it’s the ONLY added sugar you’re eating. If you’re getting sugar from other sources, make sure your total sugar intake does not top 6 teaspoons.

 

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