Thursday, July 7, 2011
Nature's Perfect Sweetner: Oh, Honey!
During a recent visit my little nephew and I were taking a stroll in the flower garden and a curious bumblebee decided to check us out. Ethan wasn't thrilled with the bee buzzing his head so off he ran. Of course, Mr Bumbler decided Ethan was worth going after and followed him for awhile. After much running, shrieking, and swatting, Mr. Bumbler buzzed off leaving Ethan fuming at the vicious attack. We talked about why the bumblebee was so interested in him and I remarked that Ethan was so sweet that the bee couldn't resist him. He then wanted to know why bees liked sweetness. The story of bees took the right turn and we were discussing how the bees made honey. Ethan enjoyed his taste of honey and I decided that maybe others would benefit from learning some facts about nature's perfect sweetner.
The benefits of honey go beyond its wonderful taste and natural sweetness. It is a great natural source of carbohydrates which provide strength and energy to our bodies. Honey is a great immunity system builder and is a natural remedy for many ailments. Also, it is known that honey has been found to keep levels of blood sugar fairly consistant compared to other types of sugar.
So, next time, before you go for a workout, have a sore throat, or just want a great natural snack, try a tablespoon of honey on your toast, in your tea, or just out of the jar and enjoy nature's bounty.
** Warning Note on Honey and Infants: Honey should not be given to infants under the age of 18 months (to be on the safe side, though some doctors say 12 months)
For more information and the benefits of honey, visit these websites: