Food/ Remedies

Totally Awesome Things You Didn’t Know About Honey


Honey is totally under appreciated and is a phenomenally healthy and tasty ingredient to use in baking and also crazy things like oh, face masks! Here is a little round up things I bet you didn’t know about honey! There are so many health benefits of raw honey!

  • In its natural form, honey is a mixture of glucose and fructose (white sugar is sucrose).
  • Honey contains many vitamins: B vitamins, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, thiamin, nicotinci acid, pyridoxine and vitamin C.
  • …And minerals; Potassium, Chlorine, Sulfur, Calcium, Sodium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Silican, Iron Manganese, Copper and several trace elements.
  • Honey can be substituted for sugar in almost any recipe. Foods made with honey retain their moisture and freshness longer.
  • Honey naturally has hydrogen peroxide in it, so it acts as an antibacterial (part of what makes it good for your face, so its helpful for scraps and burns too).
  • It’s a natural cough suppressant. If I have a sore throat, I love to make echinacea tea with some honey.

When substituting honey for sugar, follow these general guidelines:

  • substitute 3/4 cup of honey for one cup of sugar.
  • reduce the total amount of other liquids in the recipe by 1/4 of a cup
  • lower baking temp by 25 degree Fahrenheit to prevent burning or over-browning.

When buying honey go for local and raw, because it will help with any allergies you may have. HoneyPax is a great brand to try if you want to buy online.

But don’t give it to a baby under 1 year! It may cause botulism and baby’s underdeveloped immune systems can’t fight it off.

For more great recipes that use honey as a sweetener check out From Your Freezer To Your Family, Slow Cooker Freezer Recipes or my Grain-Free/Gluten-Free Baking Cookbook for Mama’s Who Don’t Know How to Bake.

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  • lia dominique andress
    March 28, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    I have been eating honey now when I get my sugar cravings, Matthew took a class on beekeeping and now is stalking me to get on board. I finally have let sugar go. We have been using agave nectar in coffee to substitute. But I was things of baking with agave nectar and now you’ve got me thinking of using honey. What is your take on agave versus honey?

    Love you:)

    • Cassandra
      March 28, 2013 at 6:36 PM

      Hi Lia! Raw honey is totally unprocessed. At the most it gets filtered, so you know you’re getting a pure product straight from nature. The problem with agave syrup is that it is made in almost the exact same way that HFCS is made. It’s treated with genetical modified enzymes and put through a host of other processes in order to be made. Super yucky stuff, I’d stick with raw honey for sure!

      • lia dominique andress
        March 29, 2013 at 8:18 PM

        Thank you!

    • Nicole B
      March 28, 2013 at 11:10 PM

      Raw honey also helps prevent seasonal allergies and has other health benefits too. I’d definitely choose local, raw honey over agave. I eat one spoonful each day. Yum!

      • Stephanie
        March 29, 2013 at 1:27 PM

        Absolutely! Totally forgot to mention that in the post! Thanks!

  • Lyrica
    April 3, 2013 at 5:02 AM

    A few years ago my aunt got a terrible burn from an iron on her hand. The dermatologist told her that they had all these expensive pharmaceutical creams she could use, but that they tended to recommend people use honey instead. It has tremendous healing properties, and when applied regularly prevents scarring and even has a mild numbing ability. Our pediatrician recommends it for scars (e.g. the one my toddler got on her forehead by running into a countertop). So cool. 🙂

    • Stephanie
      April 3, 2013 at 1:29 PM

      What a cool story (obv the healing part! not the burning part!) thanks so much for sharing. 😉

  • emily
    April 7, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    I am pregnant and have been told raw honey is not ok to have. What is next best?

    • Cassandra
      April 8, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      Grade B maple syrup is probably the next best thing, although the benefits as raw honey are absolutely not the same. But if you buy from a good company with well cared for trees and sustainable practices, maple syrup can actually have a fair bit of nutrition in it.