I have often wondered what are the true benefits of honey are. Even though I choose to use honey in my morning coffee in preference of sugar, I have wondered if honey is healthier. It has just been had a personal preference for many years to use honey instead of sugar without knowing why.
Well I have been reading through an eBook titled “The Magic and Many Uses of Honey“ to discover the secrets of honey benefits. I wanted to find out more about “what are the health benefits of honey vs sugar’.
It seems that using raw honey definitely has greater nutrient that using refined sugar that has no nutrient value. However both are calorie dense, which means that eating large amounts of either while not exercising is go a good idea if you are concerned about increasing body weight. As honey is absorbed into the body quickly, it could be a better than sugar if you need quick energy for exercise.
According to this eBook, there are many uses of honey beyond the question “honey vs sugar”, some of which are unexpected that seem to have explored and developed since people first stated experimenting with honey 7000 BC.
The medical uses of honey may not be just for your Immune or digestion system, but for many other unexpected but everyday situations. However, there seems to be real health and medical benefits of honey use due to the fact that honey is naturally absorbed into the body and can used with other ingredients such as cinnamon, vinegar or lemon juice. Mainly because of the natural qualities and characteristics of raw honey, which is in unprocessed state, that retains vitamins and nutrients.
Many honey recipes aim to assist with aliments such as improving digestion, cholesterol, immune system and weight loss to name few from the eBooks’ list of honey uses.
However, due to today food processing methods and requirements, there is a concern about choosing the most appropriate honey for specific uses. There is a chapter titled “Choosing The Right Honey” which talks about. Raw honey benefits. Raw honey is unprocessed which means that it has not been heated, filtered or processed with additives. Raw honey is therefore is more beneficial for health as the valuable nutrients have been retained.
Some Raw Honey Recipes to try
Cinnamon Clove Honey Cookies
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 1/3 cups flour
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
Mix sugar and honey in a bowl, beating well. Add egg, cloves, ginger and cinnamon and beat well. Dissolve the baking soda in water and add it to the honey mixture. Stir in flour and almonds, mixing well.
Press dough into a greased 13 x 9 baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool and cut into squares.
Honey Basil Sauce
- 3 tablespoons chopped onion
- 1/4 cup butter or margarine
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
Sautee onion in butter until onion is translucent. Stir in remaining ingredients and bring to boil. Serve over carrots, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts or other favored vegetable.
For more healthy honey recipes, suggestions and insights into the Benefits of honey, checkout “The Magic and Many Uses of Honey“