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What are the Health & Taste Benefits to Eating Honey

Updated on January 31, 2012
Two Great Honey Varieties from the Temecula Valley Honey Company.
Two Great Honey Varieties from the Temecula Valley Honey Company.

Honey, it's a natural sweeteners that has been around for years. Sadly it's been replaced in most American kitchens by other types of sweeteners, typically white refined sugar. But honey has so much more to offer than table sugar. Honey should come to the front of our minds when it comes wanting to meet the demands of our sweet tooth,

Honey Has More Character

Sugar will sweeten whatever it touches. But it doesn't add any real flavor. Honey not only will sweeten but it will add another dimensional of flavor to whatever it is sweetening. The best way to experience this is through purchasing varietal honeys. These are honeys that have been collected from a single source. For example, a group of bee get most or all of their pollen from the blossoms of an orange tree. This gives the honey a light, citrus-like taste. But let's say that same group, the following year, gather from the blossoms of an avocado tree. The honey that is made will be quite different. Avocado honey doesn't taste like avocados but it does have a strong, dark, rich flavor. You can definitely taste the difference if you spread the honey on a piece of toast or mix it into some homemade applesauce.

Homemade Cranberry Blossom Honey Applesauce
Homemade Cranberry Blossom Honey Applesauce

Honey May Help Your Allergies

I have heard of a lot of reports done lately that honey will help with seasonal allergies. Is this true? From my personal experience I saw my wife not suffer from her normal fall allergies last year. That was the first summer we spend buying all our honey from a local beekeeper. Why does local matter? It's believed that some of the allergens get into the honey. So you intake small amounts of what you are allergic to. This could build up your immunities and thus when greeted with the allergens outside, your body can fight them off. It's the same principle that doctors believe in when recommending vaccines. If not a doctor or a scientist, but if you do have seasonal allergies, give local honey a try. Even if it doesn't work, you still supported local business and am sure your taste buds will be happy.

Honey Is Good For Your Body

First let me say too much sugar in any form is not a good thing. But honey is moderation can have a lot of good benefits. It is said to give you a quick boost of energy through the glucose in the honey. The fructose within the honey slowly breaks down, giving you a continued stream of energy.It also maintains your blood sugar level better than other sweeteners. There are also people who swear that honey help them with their cold or sickness. Buckwheat honey is particularly recommend to fight off any nasties in your body. Different types of honey may contain different types of helpful bacteria. There are many more reasons that researchers and scientists debate. 

Final Thoughts

While we can debate the honey benefits of honey until the bees come home, one thing I believe is undebatable - honey just tastes great. So if you use just for the taste, that's perfectly alright. But keep in mind, there may be some benefits for your body, besides just your taste buds.


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    • CMHypno profile image

      CMHypno 6 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Interesting hub. I have a teaspoon of local honey every day to help with my hayfever, and it really does seem to do the trick.

    • eatlikenoone profile image

      eatlikenoone 6 years ago from Saline, MI

      Glad you liked the hub. I went back and fixed those grammatical errors.

    • Sarah Connor profile image

      Sarah Connor 6 years ago from Washington, DC

      I really enjoyed, and agree, with this hub! Honey is fantastic.

      May I suggest an editorial review of the subsection "Honey May Help Your Allergies" because it contains two obvious grammatical errors.

      Thanks for the great article!