Oh, honey!

Honey is sweet in so many ways… Here are 12 facts you want to hear about it.

Sometimes referred to as “liquid gold”, its many health benefits and a deep cultural resonance, it’s not hard to see why.

Honey is as old as written history, dating back to 2100 B.C. where it was mentioned in Sumerian and Babylonian cuneiform writings, the Hittite code, and the sacred writings of India and Egypt. It is presumably even older than that.

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Over cereal, on toast or stirred into tea, honey adds a sweet and satisfying dynamic to many foods. And while you are enjoying the taste, here are some health benefits you can thank honey for:

  1. Honey is an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. This is because the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide

  2. It increases athletic performance by maintaining glycogen levels and improving recovery time

  3. Honey provides your body with  vitamins and minerals including niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc”

  4. It may help your body metabolize alcohol by increasing its ability to digest, thereby limiting intoxication and more rapidly reducing alcohol blood levels

  5. Honey has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for at least 4000 years and is considered to affect all three of the body’s primitive material imbalances positively. It is said that honey balances the five elements

  6. It is also extremely moisturizing and nourishing for the skin

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Did you know there are many different types of honey?

Explore different varieties and discover your personal favorites.

  • Alfalfa – Honey from this flower is white or light amber-colored and is considered good for common, everyday use.
  • Avocado – Honey from the flowers of this plant tends to be darker in color and has a rich, buttery taste. Avocado honey is most commonly used in dressings and sauces.
  • Blueberry – Blueberry honey, contrary to popular belief, is not honey with blueberries added. It is actually derived from blueberry flowers. Its color ranges from light amber to amber-colored. It has a full, well-rounded flavor and is great for making sauces and baking.
  • Clover – is the variety that most people think of as common, table honey. Its color is white-water to extra light amber, and it has a delicate taste. Clover honey can be subdivided by the types of clover (Red Clover, White Dutch Clover, etc.) from which it is derived.
  • Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus honey is as varied as the species of plant from which it comes. It has a wide variety of color and flavor. It is best used in making sauces and dressings, and in baking.
  • Orange Blossom  Orange Blossom honey can be pure or mixed with nectar from other nearby citrus flowers, such as lemon and lime. It is highly prized as a table honey and is also often used to bake cakes and cookies.

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Sweet!
Have you tried some of these varieties? What is your favorite recipe to include honey in? Leave your comment below!
Rachel Chudoba
Collaborating with Yoga Muni

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