16 Feb 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Honey
Honey is a wonderfully made sweet treat. But did you know it is more than just a sweet treat? It’s much more than that. Honey is often called liquid gold because of its nutritional value. With today’s social media based society, all an individual needs to do is type in honey in a google search and gobs of information pops up on its nutritional value. While it is becoming common knowledge that the liquid gold is more than just a sweetener, here are 7 things you didn’t know about honey.
- Is packed full of vitamins. The sweet stuff contains pantothenic acid, nicotinci acid, thiamin, pyridoxine, B vitamins, and vitamin C.
- Is a sugar mixture of glucose and fructose. The human body’s preferred fuel source is glucose, followed closely by fructose. Sucrose is used last by the body. This is why sucrose is often stored up as fat cells within the body and saved as a last resort as fuel for the body.
- Contains important minerals. Minerals, such as Potassium, Calcium, and Magnesium, along with other trace minerals are found in honey.
- Contains hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is used as an antiseptic, killing off bacteria and other dangerous pathogens within a wound. Honey is very well known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties.
- Sooths sore throats. The liquid gold has been proven in scientific studies to sooth sore throats because of its thick consistency and antibacterial properties.
- Is a natural cough suppressant. In several studies, researchers have found that honey is a great cough suppressant.
- Can be used as a sugar substitute. Standard table sugar has been shown to be unhealthy. It is a primary cause of obesity. However, honey, as mentioned before, is a mixture of glucose and fructose. The good sugars – so to speak – for the body. Below are guidelines for substituting honey for sugar.
Guidelines for substituting honey for sugar.
- For every one cup of sugar called for in a recipe, substitute 3/4 of a cup of honey.
- Reduce the other liquids in the recipe by 1/4 of a cup.
- Since honey can go bad when overheated, lower the baking temperature by 25 degrees Fahrenheit for each recipe.