Bees & Honey

Honey Facts

You may never have thought of honey as anything other than just a sweet treat, but there are many more great qualities to it than just taste. Pure, raw, local honey like the Stoneleigh Reserve is loaded with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and antioxidants. It is all in there. Be sure the label says raw, local honey. If it does not say all local honey, it may be composed of highly processed honey from China and Argentina

Honey Bee foraging on lavenderThere are over 300 varieties of honey produced in the United States alone and it is our only food produced by insects. The flowers from which the bees collect nectar determine the individual color and flavor of each honey. However, regardless of individual characteristics, honey has many benefits.

Honey and the Diet
Honey is twenty-five percent sweeter than white or brown cane sugar because of its high fructose content. Fructose is extremely sweet but it is too complex to be metabolized before exiting the body. Therefore, the fructose calories should not be counted as being "consumed" in a diet. Honey is comprised of 60% fructose. The standard labeling convention for honey is one tablespoon (one tablespoon is equal to three teaspoons) and the standard calorie count is 60. The actual number of calories found in a tablespoon of honey that can be metabolized due to the fructose factor is only 24 calories while one tablespoon of white cane sugar is 54 calories.

Honey and Fueling the Body
SunflowersHoney also contains glucose and carbohydrates, which makes it a great energy restorer. If you need a quick boost, try a spoon of Stoneleigh Reserve. It will not only restore your energy, but it is good for your digestive system.

Glucose is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream where some of it goes directly to the brain to fuel the cells there, so you might also try some honey the next time you are burning the midnight oil.

Honey and HealingStoneleigh Bee Yard
Additionally, honey is thought to help in healing skin and preventing scarring. Some use it for small cuts, scrapes, and especially burns. However, be careful to apply it to the bandage and not directly to the wound.

Honey helps dissolve mucus when you have a cold. Hot tea with lemon and honey can be a great relief. Raw honey like Stoneleigh Reserve contains enzymes considered essential for good health. It is also contains traces of calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, and zinc.

Honey and Antioxidants, Microbes, and Healing
Currently under review for antioxidant potential, honey contains several compounds that function as antioxidants, one of which is unique to honey, called pinocembrin. Although honey contains low to moderate amounts of antioxidants, a study conducted at the University of Illinois indicated that darker honey, specifically, honey from buckwheat flowers, delivers 20 times the antioxidants as honey that comes from sage. Honey from clover, the most common honey available, received scores that placed it in the middle of the rankings. While these results are intriguing, honey research is a work in progress.

Pinocembrin is being studied for potential additional antibacterial properties. Honey's anti-microbial properties means if it is kept in a sealed container, it will never spoil and it never needs refrigeration. Honey contains specific enzymes as well as other compounds that may be responsible for honey's ability to exert anti-microbial effects against such organisms as Staphylococcus auras, Escherichia coil, and Candida albicans. Stoneleigh Honey has not been tested for specific medical benefits, if any.

Field of lavenderHoney has also been used topically as an antiseptic therapeutic agent for the treatment of ulcers, burns, and wounds. However, heat and light destroy the bioactive agents in honey, so if you choose to regard honey as an anti-microbial agent, be sure to store it at room temperature and away from light. Our Stoneleigh Reserve is packaged in green recycled glass to reduce exposure to light. Until we learn more about micro constituents in honey, it is probably best to consider it as a delicious food choice that contains some nutrients.

The next time you reach for a jar of honey, reach for Stoneleigh Reserve, and have a little extra - it's good for you!

As always, never serve honey to children under the age of three.