Replace Sugar with Honey for a Healthier Diet
Honey is one of the oldest foods known to man; it’s pure and healthy so try to include it into your daily diet for some extra all important vitamins and minerals.
Honey in History
Honey is first mentioned in the Bible in the Book of Judges 14:8 which was allegedly written about 1050-1000 B.C. In Spain 7,000 year-old cave paintings show bee-keeping and it’s known that the ancient Egyptians kept bees over 4,000 years ago, using the honey for sweetening and for its healing power.
The ancient Olympic competitors used honey and figs to enhance their performance; honey can help to maintain energy levels and help muscle recovery time.
Honey for health
Honey is a good source of riboflavin and vitamin B6 and also contains iron and manganese. It has an abundance of glucose (also known as dextrose) which is a great source of readily available carbohydrates that gives us a healthy pick-up.
Try a cup of green tea with honey in it for a body boosting energy kick, or honey and lemon in a cup of hot wáter to soothe a sore throat. It’s also been recommended that hayfever sufferers eat honey, especially a local honey, to help boost their immune system.
Honey is also important for its antioxidant ability – the darker the honey the better it is for you. Try adding a teaspoon or two to your daily diet, add it to smoothies. Using it in baking is easy – just replace one cup of sugar with ½ a cup of honey.
Honey helps to maintain healthy hair and skin, and is a great ingredient for home-made skin preparations. It’s also used by cosmetic companies for moisturizers, soaps and shampoos. It has been used since ancient times as an antiseptic for burns, ulcers and it has wound healing properties that inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungi.
Honey-wine or Mead
In England the national drink for over 2,000 years was mead, a honey-based wine. Mead was the drink of the Vikings and their gods. It was originally made by fermenting honey with water and wild yeast.
The term “honeymoon” first appeared in print in the 16th century – its original meaning seems in doubt but here are several versions.
The Celts gave the new bride and groom a cask of mead as a wedding present. When the cask was empty the honeymoon period was over; a cask should have lasted about 28 days.
Other versions say honeymoon refers to that sweet (honey) period of time (moon) that newly-wedded bliss lasts.
In some of the Nordic countries it’s said that the groom would run away with the bride and in the case of the Vikings sometimes “steal” the bride. The couple would stay in hiding for at least a month, thereby getting her pregnant so when they returned the family would have to agree to them being together.