Dr. Ron Fessenden, M.D., M.P.H says the average American consumes more than 150 pounds of refined sugar, plus an additional 62 pounds of high fructose corn syrup every year! On average in the U.S. 1.3 pounds of honey are consumed per year. This should be the other way around.
If my recipes call for a sweetener I use raw honey. If I can not use honey instead of sugar then I don’t make it. It is the very best sweetener out there. There are so many health benefits from honey.
Honey has vitamins, trace enzymes, amino acids, and minerals like calcium, iron, sodium chlorine, magnesium, phosphate, and potassium.
Remember you want to use raw, unfiltered honey. You want the honey in the purest form. Not processed.
Some benefits in honey are:
There are plenty of antioxidants in honey that help keep your brain in great shape. One teaspoon a day is all you need to help keep your memory sharp. Taking care of your brain with proper nutrition can decrease your chances of dementia when you get older.
Honey also helps the brain absorb calcium, which helps with memory as well.
A study done at San Diego State University found if you replace sugar with honey it can help prevent weight gain and lower your blood sugar.
Honey will also help reduce allergy symptoms. Because honey comes from pollen when you eat honey from your area you are putting small doses of the pollen in your body which your body will attack and build immunity too.
Cancer and heart disease
Honey contains flavonoids, antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease.
Increases athletic performance
Athletes used to eat honey and dried figs to enhance their performance. Honey helps in maintaining glycogen levels and improving recover time. It is a great energy source.
Helps regulate blood sugar
Honey has an exact combination of fructose and glucose actually helps the body regulate blood sugar levels. A combination of raw honey and cinnamon can really be beneficial to blood sugar management.
If you had nothing else to eat you could sustain life with honey. And of course water. You would be hungry but you would have the nutrition you would need.
Good places to get honey are a farmers market. Or if you have local honey farmers that sell it. You can also get it online. You really want your honey to be raw, unfiltered, and unpasteurized.
If you like to shop on Amazon like I do you can get it there. Here is a link to of several different kinds of raw, unfiltered, and unpasteurized honey. Raw Wildflower Honey – Unpasteurized and Unfiltered