Is Honey Vegan?
I’m afraid that our public avoidance of honey is hurting us as a movement. A certain number of bees are undeniably killed by honey production, but far more insects are killed, for example, in sugar production.
And if we really cared about bugs we would never again eat anything either at home or in a restaurant that wasn’t strictly organically grown—after all, killing bugs is what pesticides do best. And organic production uses pesticides too (albeit 'natural').
Researchers measure up to approximately 10,000 bugs per square foot of soil—that’s over 400 million per acre, 250 trillion per square mile.
Even 'veganically' grown produce involves the deaths of countless bugs in lost habitat, tilling, harvesting and transportation. We probably kill more bugs driving to the grocery store to get some honey-sweetened product than are killed in the product’s production.
Vegan or Vulcan?
Our position on honey therefore just doesn’t make any sense, and I think the general population knows this on an intuitive level.
Michael Greger, M.D. is a physician, vegan nutrition specialist
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Is honey actually good for you?
Honey is composed of two main sugars, levulose and dextrose. These sugars do not need to be broken down by the digestive process, so honey is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, giving a quick energy boost to the body. It also contains protein, vitamins and minerals, but no cholesterol.
Honey has certain potassium salts that make it a phenomenal moisture absorber and a great killer of germs and bacteria. In fact, honey kills bacteria more effectively than some antibiotics.
This also helps it draw excess fluid from the blood stream, lowering blood pressure. Honey, if taken on an empty stomach with water and lemon, reduces obesity and weight. Beauticians recommend using it liberally for a glowing complexion and silky hair. If taken at night with hot milk, it cures constipation.
Honey has been used in many medical applications over the years, but recent studies are now able to prove its benefits as a topical antibacterial treatment for burns and ulcers.
Known antioxidant compounds in honey are chrysin, pinobanksin, vitamin C, catalase, and pinocembrin. Unlike most other sweeteners, honey contains small amounts of a wide array of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants, which include a wide array of vitamins, such as vitamin B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, and pantothenic acid.
In addition, honey contains essential minerals including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc as well as several different amino acids have been identified in honey. Dark honey has more nutrients than lighter varieties. Vitamin and mineral content depend on the floral source of the honey. Honey has less than 2% sodium.
Because of its antibacterial properties, pure honey can be preserved indefinitely.
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Non Sticky Honey?
Island Abbey Foods Ltd. today introduced the world's first 100% pure, no mess, non sticky honey product: the Honey Drop™ - a honey you can hold.
The Honey Drop™ solves a common problem: liquid honey can be messy.
The Honey Drop™ is an individual serving (one teaspoon / 5 g.) of 100% pure dried honey without any additives or binding agents.
It is ideal for sweetening tea or coffee. Simply drop into a hot beverage and stir.
You have all of the natural honey flavor without the usual honey mess.
Inventor and entrepreneur John Rowe first conceived the concept of no mess honey after several 'liquid honey accidents' in the 1990's.
Mr. Rowe thought that dried honey would be the ideal solution to the messy honey issue.
After spending many years searching, Mr. Rowe realized that an all natural, dried honey product did not exist.
'I have seen many dried and candied honey products, however, they all contained sugar, corn syrup, or other additives,' stated John Rowe.
'In my search for a natural, non messy honey this was simply unacceptable.
I did not want corn syrup in my tea. I decided to take measures into my own hands, and several years later the Honey Drop™ is the result.'
The Honey Drop™ comes in two flavors: pure honey and pure honey and lemon.
The Honey Drop™ is available in packages of 20 units for retail sale or in bulk for food service.
The Honey Drop™ has a shelf life of one year and does not contain any artificial coloring, flavoring, or preservatives.
The Honey Drop™ is an all natural product of Prince Edward Island, Canada
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