With all the buzz about nutrition and fitness, we thought we’d add a little buzz of our own – in the form of natural, sweet honey.
September is National Honey Month, as designated by the National Honey Board and recognized by the USDA in 1989 to promote beekeeping and to encourage the use of honey as a natural and beneficial sweetener.
With the waning of summer, September represents the end of the official honey-collecting season for many beekeepers in the United States, but that doesn’t mean that honey – local or otherwise – isn’t readily available. In fact, a healthy hive (averaging 40,000 to 80,000 bees in mid-summer) can produce from 50 to 400 pounds of honey each year.
One of the earliest sweeteners used by humans, honey is a versatile and beneficial food, touted as a natural source of energy, digestion relief and improved immune system. Honey provides about 17 grams of carbohydrates (natural sugar) per tablespoon, and about 64 calories, and research indicates that dark honeys in particular are a sweet source of antioxidants.
Although science has found no evidence that “local honey” helps alleviate seasonal allergy symptoms, information collected by the National Honey Board indicates that honey does have significant health benefits, including:
- Energy Boost
- When consumed prior to exercise, honey is a rich source of carbohydrates that release slowly into your system to help maintain energy levels. Added to water consumed during a workout helps nourish muscles and delay fatigue. And honey – consumed with a protein after a workout – promotes the repair of muscles and sustains blood sugar levels.
- Cough Suppressant
- While honey may not prevent allergies, a spoonful of honey can relieve the irritation of a sore throat caused by colds and allergies. What’s more, honey provides a protective coating to help prevent further irritation. (Note: the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that honey not be consumed by infants and children under one year of age).
- Beauty Treatment
- Honey is a humectant – which means it attracts and retains moisture, making it a perfect ingredient for facial cleansers and creams, even shampoos.
Honey, I’m home!
You’ll find that North Georgia is rich in the liquid gold of honey, but also in the sweet lifestyle that comes from living in a home where the everything you need is all on one level, where the features you’ve always dreamed of – like lots of sunlight and open spaces for entertaining – are right in your own home, and where the lifestyle means being able to cultivate both flowers and friendships without leaving the neighborhood.
We’re buzzing with great ideas like these and more, which is why we say, at Windsong, Life’s A Breeze!