The Benefits of Healthy Honey

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Did you know that about one in three mouthfuls in your diet is directly or indirectly linked to benefits offered by the honey bees pollination? Recent studies have shown that neonicotinoid insecticides may be a factor in the declining honey bee populations in the U.S. Recently a coalition of environmental groups along with beekeepers requested that the use of this pesticide be suspended on flowering crops like corn to combat insects.(1) The honey that bees make provides us a healthy, and natural sweetener that offers a variety of health benefits associated with its nutrient content. Without chemicals found in common sweeteners and additional nutritional value, honey is a preferred form of sweetener for many health, and weight loss professionals. Support agriculture with your purchase of organic honey, made from real honey bees!

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Carbohydrates. Although it’s filled with sugar, the sugar content of honey is primarily composed of fructose and glucose making it one of the most effective pre-exercise carbohydrate snacks available. Try these No-Bake Pre-Workout Bars made with real honey!

Vitamins and Minerals. Raw, organic honey contains essential nutrients including vitamin B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, and pantothenic acid. These important vitamins are essential to a healthy metabolism. The mineral content of honey is also impressive. Honey commonly contains, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc in abundance.

Antioxidants. An immune booster that also helps fight free radical damage that can cause premature aging, honey is far better than any other sweetener out there. Honey contains polyphenol antioxidants, (similar to those found in green tea) and a unique antioxidant only found in honey called pinocembrin. Antioxidants work in the body to support a healthy immune system, prevent common infections and illnesses and prevent cellular damage that can lead to fine lines and wrinkles. (2)

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Learn a little bit about bees and how they make that sweet, sweet honey:

Other Great Honey Facts:

  • Honey does not ferment in the stomach thus doesn’t form any threat of bacterial infection.
  • Honey contains the simplest form of sugar, called monosaccharides. It passes through the small intestine into the blood stream without causing the irritation sucrose may cause.
  • Honey is an ideal fuel for burning body fat due to its perfect fructose to glucose ratio.
  • Honey contains an antioxidant called pinocembrin, only found in honey. (2)

Love the idea of honey? Us too! Try adding honey to these tasty teas for a sweet metabolic booster in the morning, for a mid-day energy boost or to help you get to sleep. Go here to read more about natural sweeteners here at SkinnyMs!

 

References:

  1. http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/29/10921493-neonicotinoid-pesticides-tied-to-crashing-bee-populations-2-studies-find?lite
  2. http://www.benefits-of-honey.com/honey-nutrition.html

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