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Honey

For thousands of years people have loved honey. And it's always been produced in the same way - in one of the most efficient factories in the world, the bee hive. From fields of alfalfa and clover, fruit orchards and wildflowers, honey bees collect nectar to create honey. It's pure, natural, and wholesome!Honey is much more than just a simple sugar. Rich in minerals and nutrients, honey also has some antibiotic properties that may aid in the healing process. For thousands of years honey has been used by mankind in many capacities to help give the human body energy and health.
Nectar itself is composed mainly of sucrose and water. Bees add enzymes that create additional chemical compounds, inverting the sucrose into fructose and glucose, and then evaporate the water so that the resulting product will resist spoiling.

Honey is a source of carbohydrates, containing:
• 80% natural sugar - mostly fructose and glucose. Due to the high level of fructose, honey is sweeter than table sugar.
• 18% water. The less water content the honey has, the better the quality of honey.
• 2% minerals, vitamins, pollen and protein.

The vitamins present in honey are B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and certain amino acids. The minerals found in honey include calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, zinc. This natural sweetener has antioxidants, is fat free and cholesterol free! Also, we do not add any sugar, corn syrup or any other sweetener. All of our honey is 100% pure!

Honey has been used for everything from skincare to mead (honey wine). Honey is widely preferred as a sweetener because it is also a flavor enhancer. The wide variety of flavors available from different honeys makes honey a gourmet's delight.

If properly stored, honey will not spoil: A pot of honey found in an ancient Egyptian tomb was proved to be as wholesome as fresh honey. However, honey will ferment if it is diluted by moisture from the atmosphere or by other liquids. Prevent fermentation by keeping honey containers tightly sealed before and between uses. If the honey crystallizes loosen the lid of the jar and place your honey in a pan of water and heat it slowly making sure you dissolve all the crystals. Honey is not recommended for children who are less than a year old because their digestive systems may not be mature enough to digest it.

But now most of the honey sold in chain stores across the country doesn't meet international quality standards for the sweet stuff, according to a Food Safety News analysis.Food-safety experts have found that much of the honey sold in the United States isn't actually honey, but a concoction of corn or rice syrup, malt sweeteners or "jiggery" (cheap, unrefined sugar), plus a small amount of genuine honey, according to Wired UK. And because cheap honey from China was being dumped on the U.S. market at artificially low prices, Chinese honey is now subject to additional import duties. So Chinese exporters simply ship their honey to Thailand or other countries, where it is relabeled (e.g. rice syrup) to hide its origins, according to NPR.org. Worse, some honey has been found to contain toxins like lead and other heavy metals, as well as drugs like chloramphenicol, an antibiotic, according to a Department of Justice news release.
So how do you know what honey you should be buying? This is one of those times that buying local, pure honey from a beekeeper is more than worth the extra pennies.

Sources: benefits-of-honey.com - mnn.com - foodsafetynews.com

 

 

Maple Syrup

Maple syrup is one of the many wonders of the world. This viscous amber liquid with its characteristic earthy sweet taste is made from the sap of the maple tree. The process of creating maple syrup begins with tapping (piercing) the tree, which allows the sap to run out freely. The sap is clear and almost tasteless and very low in sugar content when it is first tapped. It is then boiled to evaporate the excess water out of the maple sap. The result is 100% pure maple syrup containing only the flavor, sweetness and nutrients that nature intended.

Maple syrup is sweet - and we're not just talking flavor. Maple syrup, as an excellent source of manganese and a good source of zinc, can also be sweet for your health. Maple syrup is a good sweetener to use if you are trying to protect the health of your heart. Zinc and manganese which are supplied in all natural maple syrup are important allies in the immune system.

Pure maple syrup is delicious on ice cream, cereal, yogurt, coffee, tea, fresh cut fruits, and of course, on pancakes, waffles and french toast.