Sweet!! I get to write a Product Highlight post about the benefits of honey, one of my essential products in the kitchen. We use honey nearly every single day in baking for example, and absolutely love a spoon of honey in my tea. But honey doesn’t only taste delicious, it’s also healthy and a powerful remedy for the flu. I keep a couple of types of honey in my cupboard, I even have a jar of honey infused with tiny pieces of ginger, which makes a simple cup of tea a little bit more special and even better remedy for a sore throat. What else do we know about honey?
- The nectar itself is composed mainly of sucrose and water. Bees add enzymes that create additional chemical compounds, inverting the sucrose into fructose and glucose, and then make the water evaporate, so the honey will resist spoiling
- Each tablespoon of raw honey contains about 64 calories and is fat-free, cholesterol-free and sodium-free. Sounds pretty perfect right? The average composition of raw honey is approximately 80 percent carbohydrates, 18 percent water and 2 percent vitamins, minerals and amino acids
Other benefits of honey
Did you know that honey is a powerful immune system booster? Its antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties can help improve your digestive system and help you stay healthy and fight disease.
- The vitamins present in honey are B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and certain amino acids. The minerals found in honey include calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc. It’s basically a complete multi-vitamin capsule!
- Honey contains natural minerals and vitamins which help prevent the metabolizing of undesirable cholesterol and fatty acids on our organs and prevents weight gain
- If you are feeling low and lethargic in the morning or need some extra energy before your workout, have some honey on toast or in your tea. It will give you an instant boost of energy!