Honey has been eulogized in the scriptures of every major religion since the dawn of time, but is the “food of the gods” really that good for you? Yes – in moderation. Natural honey is valued for its sweetness, and is chock full of unexpected goodness. Because it’s predigested by insects many people who can’t stomach cane sugar can more easily metabolize honey and enjoy its natural energy – so it’s almost the perfect food
Honey is composed of two main sugars, levulose and dextrose. These sugars do not need to be broken down by the digestive process, so honey is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, giving a quick energy boost to the body. It also contains protein, vitamins and minerals, but no cholesterol.
Honey has certain potassium salts that make it a phenomenal moisture absorber and a great killer of germs and bacteria. In fact, honey kills bacteria more effectively than some antibiotics.
Known antioxidant compounds in honey are chrysin, pinobanksin, vitamin C, catalase, and pinocembrin. Unlike most other sweeteners, honey contains small amounts of a wide array of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants, which include a wide array of vitamins, such as vitamin B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, and pantothenic acid.
In addition, honey contains essential minerals including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc as well as several different amino acids have been identified in honey. Dark honey has more nutrients than lighter varieties. Vitamin and mineral content depend on the floral source of the honey. Honey has less than 2% sodium.
Because of its antibacterial properties, pure honey can be preserved indefinitely.
Are there different flavors of honey?
Single varietal honeys are creating quite a buzz in the gourmet food scene these days, but this trend is nothing new to beekeepers. Honey is a natural product that has always been highly dependent on the local environment in which the bees gather their nectar. Much like wine regions and coffee regions, different honey regions also exist.
Just North of Denver in the City of Longmont there is a business called "Madhava Honey". Madhava products can be found in every type of store there, from small to large box stores. Including health food stores. Madhava has many flavors of honey from Alfalfa, Wildflower and Clover. And Ambrosia Honey.
Not only does Madhava supply some of the finest honey to the markets but their other natural sweeteners are just as good; Organic Agave Nectur, which can be found in many flavors as well. Flavors include Hazelnut, Ameretto, Irish Creme, Vanilla (an favorite in coffee), Maple, Blueberry and Raspberry (great on protein pancakes)
Madhava has even come up with a new type of sugar, Madhava Organic Coconut Sugar, followinf is taken from their website;
"Coconut Sugars are organic, unrefined sweeteners made from coconut tree buds. The coconut palm is ideal for sugar production, as the trees are sustainably grown and harvested without causing deforestation. Coconut palm trees produce 50-75% more sugar per acre than sugar cane, and use 1/5 the resources.
From a health and wellness perspective, Organic Coconut Sugar has a nutritional content far richer than cane or beet sugar. Naturally occurring nutrients include magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, B vitamins and amino acids (including glutamine). In addition, Madhava Coconut Sugar is organic, gluten free, vegan, kosher, and GMO free.
Madhava Organic Blonde Coconut Sugar has a mild and sweet flavor and is an easy substitute for granulated and brown sugars in recipes. This delicious all-purpose sweetener is perfect for hot and cold beverages, baking, and desserts. It can even be mixed into yogurt and smoothies.
Madhava Organic Coconut Sugar has a caramelized maple flavor and is ideal for replacing brown sugar in recipes. It is a delicious addition to sauces and baked goods, as well as sprinkled on top of fruit or hot cereals."
Food of the Gods is right.