Health Benefits of Honey

You may have grown up eating peanut butter and honey sandwiches in your school lunch, and to no one’s surprise, your mom really knew what she was doing. Honey is thick, sweet, and tasty, but it’s also full of rich minerals like iron, calcium, and magnesium. As nature’s natural sweetener, it’s hard to go wrong when incorporating honey into your diet. In this blog, we’ll review some of honey’s top health benefits and how you can make the most of it.  

What Are the Top 5 Benefits of Honey?

Honey serves as a natural energy booster

You probably associate a sugar rush with an eventual crash. Fortunately, this won’t happen with honey. Honey contains glucose and fructose. The glucose is absorbed by the body quickly and helps to give you an immediate energy boost. The fructose, on the other hand, provides sustained energy because it is absorbed by the body more slowly. As a result, honey has been found to help maintain body sugar levels compared to other types of sugar.

Honey improves sleep

If you have trouble falling asleep, consider eating or drinking honey in the hours before bedtime. Honey releases serotonin, which the body converts into melatonin. Melatonin helps to regulate the length and quality of your sleep. One great way to make this part of your nightly routine is to have a cup of tea with honey. 

Honey boosts immunity 

Honey is ideal for the body because it serves as a powerhouse of antioxidants. This helps to remove free radicals from the body and act as a cleanser. You’re likely to notice an improvement in your digestive system after you’ve started consuming honey. Altogether, these improvements will help to boost your body’s immunity

Honey cures hangovers

Haven’t we all been looking for the magical hangover cure for years? No one likes waking up after a fun night with a heavy head and overwhelming nausea. Honey can help by speeding up your body’s metabolism. Specifically, fructose will speed up the oxidation of alcohol by the liver. This helps to limit intoxication and reduce alcohol blood levels. You’ll be back to your old self in no time at all! 

Honey relieves cough and cold symptoms 

Did you know that both the World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics recognize and recommend honey as a natural cough remedy? (Please note that this does not apply to children under the age of one year!) 

Next time you’re struggling to kick that cough, reach for your bottle of honey…instead of your bottle of cold medicine. You’ll not only use a natural remedy, but you’ll also reap all the other health benefits on this list. 

Is There a Peak Time to Consume Honey? 

This may seem like an odd question to most. Obviously, you can consume honey whenever you want! That said, there are specific times of day when honey may be the most beneficial to you. Here are some reasons to consume honey at different times in the day to maximize the health benefits.  

In the Morning

  • Provides nutrition 
  • Helps you lose some extra weight
  • Improves your digestive system
  • Flushes toxins from the body
  • Hydrates the body 
  • Protects against bacterial and viral infections

In the Evening

  • Provides nutrition 
  • Keeps you active 
  • Quick way to regain energy 
  • Source of carbohydrates when needed
  • Natural energy booster 
  • Helps you sleep better 

When Sick

  • Provides nutrition 
  • Boosts immunity
  • Natural cough suppressant 
  • Improves metabolic function 
  • Protects the body from oxidative stress

Before or After Exercise

  • Provides nutrition 
  • Refuels energy levels 
  • Easily digested and quickly absorbed by the body 
  • Replenishes glucose 
  • Assists in recovery from exercise
  • Improves performance during exercise 

What’s the Best Way to Take Honey? 

So far, we’ve talked a lot about why and when to include honey in your diet, but one critical element we haven’t yet talked about is how. What’s the best way to use honey daily? These are our top tips, but you may find that experimenting yourself is the best way to find new methods to try honey. 

  1. Stir honey into coffee or tea. This is an easy one! All you have to do is add 1-2 teaspoons into your cup. Just beware of how hot your tea or coffee is before adding your honey. If it’s too hot, then it can reduce the nutritional value of your honey. 
  2. Bake with your honey as a substitute for sugar. This is where experimentation comes in. Often, baking with honey can cause excess browning and moisture. We recommend using ¾ cup of honey for every 1 cup of sugar the recipe calls for. Reduce the liquid in the recipe by 2 tablespoons and lower the oven temperature by 25 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  3. Drizzle honey on toast or pancakes. If you typically have toast or pancakes for breakfast, then try including honey as a topping on them. It’s easy and delicious! 
  4. Use your honey as a natural sweetener. Stop and think about how often you use sugar to sweeten dishes, and then swap it out for honey! This could include yogurt, cereal, oatmeal, etc. 
  5. Sweeten your dressings or marinades. This is yet another way you can use honey that may have never occurred to you. Consider a Honey Dijon dressing.

Final Thoughts

Honey is largely regarded as a superfood with all of the health benefits that it provides. While it doesn’t matter when it’s consumed, there are ways that you can maximize what it does for your body. 

At Florida Honey Pot Farms, our honey is hand-crafted by our women-owned and run team. As a company, we are proud of the efforts we take to ensure our product is as pure and unadulterated as possible. Ready to learn more? Visit here

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