honey

It’s been called “nectar of the Gods” and used as medicine for centuries, but what benefit does honey really offer? Aside from serving as an excellent energy source for athletes before, during, and after a workout, it also provides essential vitamins and minerals and has even been shown to have antibacterial and antifungal properties. Even more, it can soothe a sore throat and amp up skin and hair treatments. You may enjoy it in your food, in your tea, or on your face, but no matter how you choose to embrace it, there are plenty of reasons to love honey:

Sweetener

Honey is sweeter than sugar, so it’s a great way to add flavor to any recipe.

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Energy Booster

Clocking in at 17 grams of carbohydrates per tablespoon, honey packs a punch for any athlete looking to up their game. Try adding the sweet treat to your water or, for a yummy fruit dip, combine with peanut butter or light cream cheese.

Vitamins & Minerals

Honey contains B vitamins, which help your body make energy.

Antibacterial & Antifungal Properties

Many studies have demonstrated honey’s antibacterial and antifungal properties (although more research is needed to make definitive conclusions).

Antioxidants

Honeybee nectar has as many antioxidants as some fruits and vegetables. Buckwheat honey has eight times as many as honeybee nectar.

Beauty Aid

Honey attracts and retains moisture, making it excellent for skin and hair care. Try adding it to your daily moisturizer for an extra boost!

Cough Suppressant

A spoonful of honey relieves a sore throat, especially when paired with tea and lemon. Cold season, we’re ready for you!

It’s safe to say that although bees can become quite the pests, they provide us with an ingredient that is both tasty and beneficial for our body. Because honey is such a versatile ingredient, it’s easy to work into various meals and snacks throughout the day. Whether you’re battling cold season with a warm cup of green tea and honey, or using the nectar as a natural sweetener for your morning smoothie, boosting your intake of honey is a great way to stay healthy and energetic.

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