Did you know that honey is considered a "superfood?" Superfoods are typically raw or unprocessed foods rich in compounds that are good for one’s health. Other superfoods include blueberries, salmon, kale, broccoli, and acai fruit. Honey, along with other flavonoid-rich foods like berries, teas, red grapes, red wine, citrus fruit, onions, parsley, legumes, and dark chocolate can help reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease by boosting cellular antioxidant defenses. Flavonoids may also contribute to the maintenance of brain function.
As you prepare for your summer vacation, a leisurely afternoon at the beach or pool or a long hike or bike ride in the countryside, be sure to pack a small container of honey. Honey is a helpful, natural remedy that has many benefits. Here are some of our favorite uses for honey during the summer.
Watermelon is always a welcome treat during the summer months with its dark and light green stripes and its sweet and juicy red fruit. But without honey bees, there would be no seedless watermelons and seeded watermelons would be far less common and also misshapen and stunted. Bees have to work very hard to pollinate a seedless watermelon, making up to two-dozen pollination visits for a single fruit to form.
Did you know that one could paint with beeswax and make luminous paintings? This specific art form, known as encaustic painting, dates back to the Ancient Greeks who used pigmented wax to decorate their warships. Because they are wax-based, encaustic paints can be applied on top of one another to form raised reliefs, which result in dimensional optical effects that are startlingly lifelike. The oldest surviving encaustic panel paintings are the Romano-Egyptian Fayum mummy portraits from the 1st Century BC.
Food-safety experts have discovered that much of the honey sold in the US isn’t really honey, but a mixture of corn or rice syrup, malt sweeteners or cheap, unrefined sugar and only a tiny amount of real honey. Even worse, much of the honey imported from Asia—often via a circuitous route through another country—has been found to contain lead and other heavy metal toxins, as well as drugs like chloramphenicol, a broad-spectrum antibiotic.
People who adore honey typically fall into two categories: those that use it for specific and beloved rituals (e.g. spreading it on their English muffin or sipping it in their tea) and those who are open to trying it in as many different culinary opportunities as possible (e.g., drizzling it over a salad, incorporating it into a marinade, baking it into bread, etc.). Regardless of what type of honey-lover you happen to be, have you ever asked yourself the question, “What is honey, exactly?”
Many sports nutritionists believe that honey may be one of the most effective forms of carbohydrates to ingest prior to working out because it is easily digested and released into the body at a steady rate for use during exercise. It also can help one’s muscles recuperate after intense exercise.
Looking to incorporate healthy eating habits into your lifestyle or to get back on track after holiday over indulgences? Try these straightforward tips and don’t forget to include honey in your diet. Honey is truly a remarkable food as it can help you achieve a healthier, more active lifestyle.
Honey can offer the following benefits to one’s well being:
Strengthens Immunity: Honey’s antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties can boost immune systems, which can then better fight off infections.
Give Honey this Holiday to Those You Love. Give the gift of honey this holiday season. This delicious present is perfect for friends, neighbors, coworkers, and teachers. Honey also makes for thoughtful hostess gifts or as a token of appreciation for anyone in your life who appreciates gourmet food. Honey, like wine, has a unique terroir that reflects the sunshine, climate, soil, and flora from which bees have harvested nectar. It is the essence of nature distilled into perfect golden drops of sweetness.
With the weather becoming chillier, honey-infused hot tea is a comforting and restorative treat. However, there are so many more uses for the golden nectar than flavoring a pot of tea. Throughout history, humans and animals have been eating honey for its nutritive sweetness. It can be used in everything from baking to cooking to homeopathy—raw honey is rich in important phytonutrients and has valuable anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.