Nov172014

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Here’s a honey of a post! 17 things you probably didn’t know about honey, but should!

honey facts

Here are 17 facts about honey.

Not all honey is created equal. Or, more accurately, not all honey on the grocery store shelves is equal. Some international honey has been treated and no longer has the health benefits discussed here. If you can possibly buy from a local farmer, farmer’s market, or a reputable local company, it really is the healthiest choice.

Honey and Baking

1. Never refrigerate honey.

2. Slightly warmed honey is easier to measure out and mix.

3. One 12-ounce honey bear is equal to one cup.

4. It never spoils, making it a real food storage winner. If it crystallizes or becomes granular, place the open container in a bowl of hot water until it liquifies again.

5. To replace sugar with honey in a recipe, substitute 2/3 to 3/4 cup of honey per cup of sugar, and decrease the amount of liquids by 1/4 cup per cup of  honey used.  Stir the mixture very thoroughly. Lower the baking temperature by 25 degrees. Watch the baking time carefully since foods brown more quickly when honey is used.

Health Benefits of Honey

6. Honey contains antioxidants, which help protect against cellular damage.

7. Use honey on wounds, including burns, to help them heal faster. Honey is a natural antibiotic.

8. Manuka honey is the preferred variety for first aid treatment.

9. It can be used as a treatment for chapped lips!

10. A good rehydration beverage combines 1/2 c. honey, 1/2 t. salt, 2 c. orange juice, and 5 1/2 c. water. Use lukewarm water to help the honey dissolve faster, then cool.

11. Adding a little local honey (produced within 50 miles) to your kids diets may help prevent some allergies. The bees have been collecting pollen from plants in your specific area, the same pollen that is the culprit behind many allergies. Tiny doses of this pollen has the same effect as allergy shots, helping the body build immunity against pollen. (Note: filtered honey has had the pollen removed, so do not expect the same benefits from filtered honey.)

Odd Bits and Pieces

12. Bees have been known to produce blue and green honey.

13. It can be purchased in a crystal form. When rehydrated, it can be used as liquid honey.

14. Honey should be stored in closed containers because it absorbs moisture from the air, which can cause it to ferment.

15. An African bird called the Honeyguide locates and feeds on wild honey. The Honeyguide becomes very chatty when it finds a beehive, making it possible for people to retrieve honey themselves.

16. Ancient Egyptians used honey as a form of money and fed it to their sacred animals.

17. Honeybees are the only animal that actually produce food for humans! Just one reason to learn about beekeeping and becoming a beekeeper! Pay back the favor!

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(14) Readers Comments

  1. Worth mentioning that honey bought at the bib-box or grocery store is often not the same as that from a farmer’s market or local beekeeper.

    While they may say the only ingredient is “honey” they usually filter, blend, and pasteurize it, thus killing many of the benefits of the honey itself.

  2. I agree honey is great stuff!!!

    The honey crystals sound great, but the first ingredient is sugar, so no telling how much honey it even contains!

    • We are small-time beekeepers. If honey is properly sealed, and therefore protected from contaminants, it has an indefinite shelf-life. With it’s antibiotic powers and long storage potential, honey truly is a super food and a great item for the stockpile!

  3. Another well researched and informative post, especially no. 5 (adding local honey to your kids diets to ward off allergies). May I suggest you include a reminder that honey should NEVER be fed to babies because it can cause infant botulism. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002360/

  4. I was so glad to read about how to substitute honey for sugar in a recipe!!! I was just reading an outstanding article yesterday on the benefits of honey and kept saying to myself, “How do you substitute honey for sugar in recipes?” And, vo-la…here was your article. Thank you!!! I plan to implement more honey into our family diet. I have also noticed that I don’t get “sugar headaches” when I eat foods with honey verses sugar. I don’t know why, but my body responds better to honey. I also want to say that storing honey is as easy as this article states. We have stored honey in our food storage for years and it is as good the last day as it is the first.
    Great Post!
    The doterramother

  5. I am a beekeeper also and certain types of honey granulate (crystalize) more rapidly than others. There is a difference between crystalized honey and creamed honey both of which if done correctly or naturally does not contain sugar. Our main source of honey where I live is from the blackberries that grow wild everywhere and this honey always crystalizes after a year or so. My father loved the honeyafter it crystalized and our granddaughter has learned how to open the 5 gallon bucket we store the excess honey in so she can get a “finger full” that always ends up with lots of finger imprints! The people in Europe do not feel the need to protect infants from honey like we do in this country but I do not know what the incidence of botulism for infants in those countries are.
    Please only buy local honey from beekeepers as there have been instances of honey from other countries such as China getting into blended honey that contained significant amounts of pestacides as well as other unwanted ingredients. Also some honey on store shelves contain sugar water or corn syrup.

  6. I love it, but prices are pretty steep lately.

    I like the quote at the end of the article about the blue and green honey, “As for the blue honey, the beekeepers say it is unsellable.”

    Ya think?

  7. Nearly all honey purchased in stores is a mixture of American honey and that collected from over-seas…such as Argentia…and then mixed. As several have said…buy local.

  8. I’m no big fan of honey. I’ll add three additional facts to make some trouble:

    18. Honey is largely unprocessed bee regurgitation (vomit).
    19. Infants under 12 months should not eat honey because it may cause infant botulism.
    20. Honey has just about the same content as HFCS 55 the high fructose corn syrup used in soft drinks –
    HFCS 55 (water 24% with sugars: Fructose 55% and Glucose 42%)
    Honey (water 17.2% with sugars: Fructose 46.1%, Glucose 37.8%, Maltose 8.6%, Sucrose 1.6%, others)

    Who knew someone could “hate” honey huh? Well, I’ll admit I do eat it too. I just don’t really like sweet things and I despise having sticky stuff on my hands. Also, I’m a cranky old scientist who doesn’t like that some foods (eg. honey) get a reputation as somehow morally “good” while others (HFCS) get a reputation for being an “evil” food. I especially don’t like it when they are just about the same.

    Now to suffer the slings and arrows…

  9. Your logic is a bit flawed. I think there are undeniable facts about the benefits of honey as it compares to HFCS. I think like most things high in sugar, you want to use them in moderation. However, I’d much rather take my chances with something like natural honey vs HFCS. I have read many articles refering to how honey is digested vs HFSC. Honey is a better choice,as in many cases the glycemic response is much lower with honey.

    Breaking them down by their chemical makeup doesn’t come close to telling the whole story. This is almost as flawed as the “a calorie is a calorie” argument. You’re comparing apples to oranges. Honey is clearly more complex than HFCS.

  10. Mike M – isn’t the main issue the GMO factor with HFCS?

  11. A small dab of honey on a cotton swab lightly applied to the inside of the lower lid a couple of times a day for a few days cures pink eye. It will give a slight burning sensation and tearing up but it clears it up.

  12. Re the blue & green honey: I think they just need to market it better! Not sure how dark in color they are, but it seems like they could explain/advertise that the honeybees made honey from blue flowers or some such. Does it have a strong or unusual flavor?

    • I agree! I think blue and green honey would be very cool. I’ve purchased flavored honey before at different types of expos and the added flavoring sometimes changed the honey color.

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