Most supermarket honey is pasteurized (aka heated) in order to save us from bacteria. In the process, beneficial enzymes in honey are killed as well. If you can find a source of raw honey, especially if it’s local (within 100 miles), get some! Around here our health food store and farmer’s market are two great sources, and sometimes you can even find raw honey in a regular grocery store. All of the following benefits only apply to raw honey:
- Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Viral, Anti-Fungal
- Treats coughs/upper respiratory infections
- May promote better blood sugar control*
- Experimental evidence indicates that consumption of honey may improve blood sugar control and insulin sensitivity compared to other sweeteners.
- Improved HDL cholesterol
- Boosts immunity
- Some research shows that taking a Tbs of raw honey made within 100 miles of your home fights off seasonal allergies. The reason is something about the bees processing the same pollen that is making you sneeze, and you consuming the processed pollen…Sounds like a fun remedy to me! “Here, honey, take your spoonful of honey to fight allergies!” Better than a prescription med if it works.
Using Honey as a Substitute for Sugar in Baking Recipes
You can substitute honey for sugar in most baking recipes, but be sure to take the following steps:
- Use 1/2 – 3/4 cup of honey for each cup of sugar in the recipe.
- Reduce the liquid by 1/4 cup for each cup of sugar replaced.
- Reduce cooking temp by 25 degrees (honey will make your baked good brown more easily).
- If the recipe doesn’t already include baking soda, add 1/4 tsp for each cup of sugar replaced.
UPDATE: Cooking or baking with raw honey does kill the enzymes (poor little guys!), so if raw honey is more expensive for you, buy some supermarket stuff and use it accordingly. I have learned even more about honey since this post… here’s info on the nutrition of honey
This may be a little off-the-norm for me, but there are some nifty natural remedies for a range of maladies including hair loss and the common cold using a honey and cinnamon combo.