What’s the buzz with honey?
It tastes great and it can be spread easily onto toast or dribbled onto your breakfast or smoothie bowls quite easily too.
Or alternatively you could use honey as a daily face mask or face wash, because of its antibacterial and moisturising effects (Please don’t use the same honey scraped from your face straight onto your toast).
But, what are the health benefits of honey?
We’ll be letting you know some of the benefits after we tell you a bit more about honey itself, how honey is made and also fill you in on a little bit of honey history.
Honey can be described as a sweet, dense, gooey liquid that is produced by bees using the nectar of flowers.
Why do bees make honey?
Bees make honey to feed themselves and their larvae, they also store honey so they can consume it over the winter months when the production of honey slows down or comes to a halt.
A bee, on average, will only make around half a teaspoon of honey over its lifetime, so this means there has been a lot of bee’s working on that litre of honey you have.
Some of the oldest interaction between humans and honey was thought to be at least 8000 years ago with a cave painting depicting honey gathering from a tree.
From there honey was used throughout the ages throughout ancient Egypt, Greece and China.
Everyone in history had their hands in the pot in one way or another and honey was also used for medicinal reasons, religious reasons, as well as being eaten of course.
With honey being used so prolifically throughout history you’d think that honey would be good for you wouldn’t you?
Well it is and we will outline some of honey’s key features and benefits below for you.
Is honey good or bad for you?
Honey does contain some nutrient value outside of the calories and its carbohydrate levels, but where this sweet liquid shines is in its antioxidants.
As you will read below (and also as shown in numerous studies), honey can help raise the levels of antioxidants in your system and also help with boosting your immune function at the same time.
So if you get your levels of honey right and don’t succumb to your sweet tooth too much, there are many benefits that can be had from adding honey into your daily nutrition plan or even just swapping out sugar for honey.
Here are some of the benefits of honey for you.
- Contains antioxidants
- Great used as a natural sweetener
- Helps reduce cholesterol
- Aids in cough suppression
- Healthy alternative to sugar
- Supports immune function
- Helps with allergy symptoms
- Great natural energy source
- Helps with treating coughs
Quality honey contains many individual components that contribute to its antioxidant functions.
We have explained the function of antioxidants many times here on the Super Cubes website, this is because antioxidants are such an important part of the many different ingredients we use in our formulas.
Antioxidants are found in many foods and can help prevent some of the cell damage caused by free radicals which may harm your body over time.
If you add honey into your daily diet you are not only getting a healthy natural sweetener (see below), you are also adding to your daily antioxidant intake which may, over time, give you numerous health benefits.
Helps reduce cholesterol
LDL cholesterol is usually referred to as the bad cholesterol as too much of it can be unhealthy for you.
There have been a few studies that show honey can help improve your cholesterol levels by reducing the bad LDL and helping to increase you good HDL cholesterol.
One of these studies included honey vs sugar too, so as you will read below it is another reason to swap your sugar to honey if you are looking for something to appease your sweet tooth in a meal or food creation.
Healthy alternative to sugar
Honey is sweet, its natural and you can use less honey to sweeten things than you would normally sweeten with sugar.
100 grams of sugar is all sucrose and it comes in close to 400kcal for that amount, whereas honey comes in close to 300kcal and has a combination of sugars.
Another win for honey is its low GI value compared to sugar, but this GI level can vary throughout different types of honey.
What’s in honey?
It’s not surprising that honey has quite a high level of carbs and sugars in its nutrient profile.
Below are the levels for 100 grams for you and these will vary depending on the honey you use.
If you want to get a rough estimate on the amount of nutrients in a table spoon of honey, you can divide the amounts below by five to get an estimated amount.
Vitamin C 0.5mg
Pantothenic Acid 0.068mg
Vitamin B6 0.024mg
Why do we use honey?
With honey only taking up a small amount of the total nutrients in the Super Cubes formulas its added to, it’s still an important ingredient for us none the less.
Not only does it help us out acting as a natural sweetener, it also adds to the antioxidant levels present in the formulas too and much more.
Honey definitely has its work cut out trying to mask the taste of all the potent greens in our super greens smoothie cubes too, but we think it works well in that department.
If you want to find out for yourself and give the super greens frozen smoothie a try, just head over to our shop page and place an order.
Frozen smoothie cubes, delivered to your door and ready to blend.
It’s that easy!