Honey is a sweet ‘food’ (a natural source of sugar) made by bees using nectar from flowers, and has been a staple ingredient for thousands of years for its benefits as both a food and a medicine.
Honey has approximately the same relative sweetness as that of granulated sugar. Most microorganisms do not grow in honey and it can be stored safely at room temperature, making it a great preparedness ‘food’ for your food storage.
How Much Sugar In Honey?
Natural bee honey contains about 80% sugar, 17% water, and some minerals and vitamins.
38% Fructose (releases energy slower, needs no insulin from pancreas to be processed)
31% Glucose (immediate energy, needs insulin from the pancreas for metabolizing)
7.1% Maltose (malt sugar)
1.3% Sucrose (sugar)
Did you know that more than three-fourths of the honey sold in U.S. grocery stores is not exactly what the bees produce?
Typically, much of the honey found in grocery stores has been processed in one way or another – having removed the pollen itself and/or having been ‘watered down’ with other ingredients – but still labeled “honey.”
Without pollen there is no way to determine whether the honey actually came from legitimate and safe sources. Some of it might not even be honey as you perceive honey to be…
To be better assured of getting ‘real’ organic honey, you might consider looking for pure & natural local honey (to support your local community). Natural honey will vary in taste depending on the local region, season, and what the bees are feeding on (the variety of flowers, etc..).
Raw honey may change its consistency over time, sometimes crystallizing. Don’t worry though – the honey is still ‘good’. Warm it up and the crystals will dissolve (place the container in a pan of very warm water for awhile).
Benefits From Honey
Honey is a natural source of sugar, providing energy, sweetness, and is much better for you than processed table sugar.
Used while cooking, baking
Add to tea for sweetener
Spread on bread or toast (yum!)
Obvious uses for most any sugar substitute
Will store indefinitely
Helps upset Stomach
Better than white sugar for blood sugar regulation
Wounds and burns
Will Eating Local Raw Honey Help My Allergies?
Some say yes, some say no. It is apparently possible that consuming local honey may help you build up a tolerance to allergies. If you have had success with this, let us know in the comments below…
It is advisable NOT to feed honey to infants below one year of age. They have not built up adequate immune system tolerance yet.
While I buy local honey when I can find it, if you can’t find it where you live then consider the following pure raw honey: