Benefits of Honey

Honey and its Benefits

Benefits of Honey

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)

17% Water

 

Processed Honey

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

Antibacterial

Antioxidant

Cough Suppressant

Helps insomnia

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…

 

CAUTION

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:

Pure Raw Unfiltered Honey (3 pounds)

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11 Comments

  1. There is a IndieGoGo campaign called “Flow Hive” that is pretty interesting that will supposedly take a lot of the hassle out of tapping into the hive for honey. Think of it like a turn key setup without pulling the frames and disturbing the bees all the time to get at the honey.

    They’re at $4.4 million from an original campaign of $70,000 requested, so this should be interesting to see if it pans out as promised.

    Everyone should be doing their part to keep it local…

    1. My wife and I are considering starting our own hive here at our place. In searching for supplies for starting this little endeavor we came across this flow hive that you describe above. I think we will look into it and might purchase a system from them. What a fantastic idea, one of those “Why didn’t I think of that” ideas.

  2. Manuka honey has a greater concentration of antibacterial properties. It’s a lot more expensive, but would be a great addition to a wound/burn care kit. UMF of at least 10+, but ideally 15+ or better.

  3. Some of the store bought honey has water added.
    Tip the bottle and if it runs fast it has water.
    andy

  4. If you plan on purchasing honey for long term storage I would recommend transferring the honey out of the plastic bottles into canning jars. Over time as the plastic degrades who knows what chemicals are imparted into the honey. In the past, other items that we have stored in their original plastic containers have taken on an off flavor. We even had some ibuprofen take on the taste of soap just because it was stored next to bars of soap for a couple of years. Which also makes me think that the plastic over time allows the penetration of strong chemical scents.

  5. Table sugar is sucrose and sucrose is simply one molecule of fructose and one molecule of glucose. If any sugar or starch is consumed your digestion system breaks them down into their basic sugar molecules before they can be passed through the intestine walls into the bloodstream. When you eat a tablespoon of sugar or a tablespoon of honey your digestive system passes through glucose and fructose without any marker or way for your body to know it came from table sugar, HFCS, honey, rice, potatoes, chocolate chip cookies, organic vegtables, or any source of sugar/starch. It is simply not true that one sugar is “good” and another “bad”. Once in your blood stream all sugars are converted to glucose to be burned as energy.

    1. While fructose and glucose have the same calorific value, the two sugars are metabolized differently in the body.

      Some technical jargon regarding the difference between Glucose and Fructose:

      Fructose and glucose are isomers. And their molecular structures are different from each other.

      Glucose is an aldose sugar and fructose is a ketose sugar.

      Ring format of glucose is a hemiacetal six member ring whereas, for fructose, it is a hemiketal, five member ring.

      The caloric content of table sugar differs from that of honey. One teaspoon of sugar has about 16 calories, and one teaspoon of honey has about 22 calories.

      Honey has a glycemic index that is lower than sugar and this means it’s absorbed at a slower rate compared to sugar. Since sugar has a higher glycemic index it can increase your blood-glucose levels.

      With all that said… regarding preparedness and self-sufficiency, honey is perhaps better than table sugar given that it can be produced one’s-self with bees… although they both will store essentially ‘forever’.

  6. “the two sugars are metabolized differently in the body.”

    Perhaps that is a distinction without a difference. Fructose is converted to glucose in the liver. That is clearly one of the many functions of the liver and in all omnivores and herbivores fructose is converted to glucose in their liver. The liver cannot tell and does not care where the fructose came from and for “normal” animals it makes no difference if they consume fructose or glucose or something that is converted to these to primary sugars.

    “regarding preparedness and self-sufficiency, honey is perhaps better than table sugar given that it can be produced one’s-self with bees”

    I agree. If we were to ever be thrown back into a pre-modern life it is probably not possible for 90% of the people alive today to survive. The 10% more or less who are left may well harvest honey. I’m sitting here enjoying my second cup of coffee with three heaping teaspoons of sugar and not looking forward to cutting sugar and/or honey out of my diet. I do store sugar in my preps, a lot of sugar. I can store 25 lbs of sugar for the same cost (roughly) as 1 pint of honey. That is my only negative feeling about honey.

    My fears and reasons for prepping are:
    1. Economic collapse or societal collapse
    2. World war (some part of which would be fought in the U.S.).
    3. Nuclear attck/war

    I view all three as being inevitable, maybe not all in my lifetime, but certainly possible. I can prepare for all three but I am most likely to survive an economic collapse and least likely to survive nuclear war.

  7. While I have toyed with the idea of having my own hives, It is probably best that I stick with what I already do well and depend on the skills of others for the rest. I like to buy my honey at a couple of farmers markets and roadside stands and have been totally satisfied .I like raw honey and prefer fairly strong flavor. Southern Arizona produces some of the best I have found. I do generally get it in 1 quart glass containers.

  8. Hope it will bee o.k. to mention the other products such as bee pollen, propolis, and royal jelly too!

  9. Just to highlight, one of the items on the list above is rather important. Honey is a good topical antibacterial agent. Nothing like having something like Neosporin in your first aid kit, but you can eat it if you need the calories.

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