Healthy bread is the sum of its parts. I talked about switching from white processed flours to whole grains, but it doesn’t stop there. Even with the best ingredients, homemade bread will cost less than store bought bread. When possible you want to use local or organic ingredients that you trust. You also want swap out unhealthy processed ingredients for healthy, natural, ones that will help your body instead of hurt it. That is why I love using honey in my bread recipes. I use so much I buy most of my honey in bulk! It’s naturally sweet and it boasts numerous health benefits.
Behold the miracles of honey!
It’s Anti-bacterial and Anti-fungal
Did you know that when bees make honey they add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide? Hydrogen peroxide is like bleach; it cleans and disinfects. Honey is so high in sugar that is contains hardly any water, so bacteria do not want to grow in it. Additionally diluted honey has a pH of around 3.5, the acidic environment slows down bacterial growth. All of these factors work together to make honey anti bacterial and anti fungal. A delicious way to kill the bad guys in your body! These properties can help reduce stomach conditions like ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis.
It Soothes What Ails You
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The updated cough treatment guidelines were issued by the American College of Chest Physicians and are published in the January issue of its journal Chest. They are endorsed by the American Thoracic Society and the Canadian Thoracic Society.” -Read more: Here
“Over-the-counter cough syrup, a staple of American medicine cabinets, doesn’t work very well and isn’t worth the money when fighting the common cold, a national doctors group says.” -Read more : Here
In a study of 110 children, a single dose of buckwheat honey was just as effective as a single dose of dextromethorphan in relieving nocturnal cough and allowing proper sleep.
It Improves Performance
Honey can even help you preform on the field and at the gym. Studied show that honey is superior in maintaining glycogen levels and improving recovery time compared with other sweeteners.
“…one group of researchers has investigated the use of honey as an ergogenic aid in athletes. The study involved a group of 39 weight-trained athletes, both male and female. Subjects underwent an intensive weight-lifting workout and then immediately consumed a protein supplement blended with either sugar, maltodextrin or honey as the carbohydrate source. The honey group maintained optimal blood sugar levels throughout the two hours following the workout. In addition, muscle recuperation and glycogen restoration (carbohydrates stored in muscle) was favorable in those individuals consuming the honey-protein combination.” — Read more: Here
It Keeps You Steady
Honey can even help regulate your blood sugar. Honey is NOT the same as white sugar. Its exact combination of fructose and glucose helps the body regulate blood sugar levels. A few honeys even have a low hypoglycemic index, so your blood sugar doesn’t skyrocket.
“Proper fueling of the liver is central to optimal glucose metabolism during sleep and exercise. Honey is the ideal liver fuel because it contains a nearly 1:1 ratio of fructose to glucose. Fructose “unlocks” the enzyme from the liver cell’s nucleus that is necessary for the incorporation of glucose into glycogen (the form in which sugar is stored in the liver and muscle cells)” —Read more: Here
Stay tuned for part 2 of this article, I will be sharing some more healthy benefits of my favorite super food, honey!
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