For all elderly home care providers, September is honey month! That means you can celebrate the natural goodness and nutrition of honey with your elderly loved one. Honey has been recorded in history as a food since way back in 2100 B.C. Honey has been highly valued by many civilizations throughout time, being used as tributes, currencies and offerings.
Experts can’t agree if the honeybee is actually native to the Americas; in 1600 A.D. the conquering Spaniards discovered that natives in Mexico and Central America had already become very proficient in beekeeping methods.
Interesting facts about honey
- Honey has an infinite shelf life. Studies have shown that if honey is stored in an airtight container, it will never spoil. King Tut’s tomb, after 2,000 years, had sealed vats of edible honey.
- The queen bee can lay upwards of 2,000 eggs in one day; that’s twice as much as her own body weight.
- To produce 1 pound of honey, bees must visit in the neighborhood of 2 million flowers and fly over 55,000 miles.
- Two tablespoons of honey is all the fuel it takes to let a honey bee fly once around the circumference of the earth.
Nutritional facts of honey
- It is a fat-free food.
- Honey contains no cholesterol.
- Honey is a valuable source of carbohydrates.
- Honey is a good source of thiamin, vitamin B6, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid and other amino acids.
- Minerals that honey provides include copper, calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and sodium.
- Honey contains antioxidants.
- Honey has a healthy GI (glycemic index), which means that its sugars are gradually absorbed in the bloodstream.
- Helps to prevent obesity by metabolizing cholesterol.
Ways to enjoy honey in the daily diet
- It can be used to drizzle on pancakes instead of traditional sugary syrups.
- Drizzle on your morning bowl of oatmeal instead of using brown sugar.
- Mix 1 tsp. lemon juice and 1 tsp. honey and swallow to soothe the throat.
- Use instead of sugar in baking (but since it’s sweeter than table sugar, reduce quantity by 30%)
- Spread on toast for breakfast.
- Use for sweetening tea or coffee instead of sugar.
Honey from different parts of the world tastes different because the flowers the bees are foraging on are different. Honey can also have a myriad of different colors and consistencies. Some honey is almost white, some yellow and some very dark, from dark purple and many shades in between.
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