Among all of the amazing benefits of honey, probably its most celebrated quality is it's natural sweetness.
Other sources of sweetener, sugar cane or corn for example, need to undergo processing before they are in a ready-to-use sugar form. But, with honey this is not so. You could literally walk up to a beehive, extract a spoonful of honey (watch out for stingers!), mix it into your piping hot mug of tea and - Voilà! You're once bitter tasting tea is bursting with an exquisite sweet flavor.
That's the beauty of honey. It is a naturally-occurring sugar that's ready to be used to sweeten a seemingly endless variety of recipes. Honey is a low fat substitute for cane sugar and a chemical-free choice over artificial sweeteners.
Did you know that honey can be used in place of granulated sugar for virtually any recipe? It's true! But, what's even better is that because honey is about twice as sweet as cane sugar you end up using much less honey than sugar. This means that to achieve the desired sweetness, you simply substitute honey for half the amount of sugar that's called for.
Here are some more great tips on using honey in your cooking, baking and everyday life:
- Use honey to naturally sweeten your favorite beverages; tea, coffee, cocktails, etc.
- Add a few scoops of honey to sweeten your morning smoothie and add a natural energy boost. Honey is a natural source of the carbohydrates glucose and fructose, which help to fuel our energy levels. Glucose gives a quick energy boost, while fructose takes longer to be absorbed into the body, thus sustaining energy levels. More on this in a future post.
- When baking with honey instead of granulated sugar, add 1/2 tsp. baking soda for each cup of honey. This will help neutralize the acidity of the honey, while also helping the food rise.
What's your favorite way to use honey as a sweetener?
To learn more about honey's nutritional value, visit our friends at the National Honey Board.