Month: April 2017

27 Apr

Honey Varietals

The colour, flavour, and even aroma of a particular variety of honey may differ depending on the nectar source of flowers visited by the honey bee. The colours may range from nearly colourless to dark brown, the flavour may vary from delectably mild to distinctively bold, and even the odour of the honey may be mildly reminiscent of the flower.
Varietal honeys may be best compared to varietal wine in terms of annual climactic changes.  Even the same flower blooming in the same location may produce slightly different nectar from year-to-year depending upon temperature and rainfall.

There are more than 300 unique types of honey available in the United States, each originating from a different floral source. Space doesn’t allow us to list all 300 varieties so we’ve listed some of the more common.  As a general rule, the flavour of lighter coloured honeys is milder, and the flavour of darker coloured honeys is stronger.

27 Apr

What You REALLY Should Be Looking For When You Buy Honey

If you’ve ever gone shopping for honey to add to your tea or toast, you may have also found yourself just a tad overwhelmed by the wide array of options on the shelf. There’s grade, origin, flower, raw vs. not raw… its enough to make us want to grab the first cute bear-shaped bottle we see and head for the checkout line ASAP.

So we went to the experts to find out what you really need to know when you’re looking at honey — and what you can ignore.

Name

There are products “made from honey” out there, with other sweeteners like corn syrup added to save time or money. However, since honey is a “single-ingredient food,” the FDA only allows pure honey to be labelled as such. Of course, many manufacturers can be good at labeling things a “honey product,” (or cheese, wine, or milk product), so be sure to give it more than just a cursory glance. The FDA does not require a honey bottle disclose origin or types of plants the bees made the honey from, however. While that information is voluntary to include, blossom source affects honey flavor. According to the National Honey Board, clover honey is the one most people will be familiar with. Since plants are often regional, honey can also be as well. For more information on common types of honey, you can check out their full guide.

Grade

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) determines honey grade. It’s a complicated scoring system that takes in to account clarity, and taste, among other things. Like school (and unlike traditional maple syrup grading), Grade A adheres to the strongest standards, with grades B and C following. Again, unlike maple syrup, color is not included in grading.

What Makes It Raw?

There are currently no strict guidelines (or certification processes) for what makes honey raw, though typically it means that it hasn’t been heated or pasteurized. While there are some claims that eating raw, local honey, which still contains pollen, could help with allergies, studies raren’t exactly conclusive. That doesn’t mean it’s useless, however. Many cooks enjoy the flavor of unprocessed honey. Jake Novick-Finder, head chef at Gristmill in Brooklyn, NY, works with a raw honey farm upstate to supply honey for his recipes.

“The advantage of using raw honey is the pureness and clarity of flavor and the wonderfully unpolished notes it can have,” he says. He also enjoys the freedom that working with unprocessed honey gives him. “We burn it in our wood-fired oven to denature some of the sugars and make it a little less sweet while giving it a smokey flavor, and then top pizzas and other dishes with it. We can do that better with raw honey than we can with processed honey.”

If you are interested in delving into raw honey yourself, Novick-Finder has some tips. He recommends looking for the least-refined option that is made the closest to you. Once purchased, your honey can literally last forever (it basically never expires), but you’ll want to store it in a cool, dry place out of direct light to keep it from crystalizing.

If it does crystalize, don’t despair. “You can put the jar in a warm bowl of water and stir the jar around until the honey thaws,” Novick-Finder advises. “Don’t get the honey wet, though!”

26 Apr

How To Consume Honey ?

It is very easy to consume honey for optimum goodness :

One tablespoon in the morning and one tablespoon at night before to bed. Both time, on empty stomach.

 

Optional :

Take honey with a glass warm water and a table spoon of apple cider

 

P/S :

  • please do not use hot water more than 60 degree Celsius for it will kill the good properties in honey
  • please do not feed to children under two years old because honey may contains botulinum that is dangerous to small kids.
19 Apr

Is Crystalized Honey Still Good?

Honey is best stored in a closed bottle and not refrigerated. If refrigerated it has a greater tendency to crystalize. Crystallization, which occurs with all honey, is not harmful. It can be reversed by placing an open jar of honey in a pan of water, heating it slowly, until the crystals are dissolved.

Ноnеу сrуѕtаllіzаtіоn, оftеn rеfеrrеd tо аѕ grаnulаtіоn, іѕ а nаturаl рhеnоmеnоn bу whісh hоnеу turnѕ frоm а lіquіd tо ѕеmі-ѕоlіd ѕtаtе wіth grаnulаr соmроѕіtіоn. Аftеr bеіng ехtrасtеd frоm thе hоnеусоmb, hоnеу tеndѕ tо сrуѕtаllіzе muсh fаѕtеr thаn іf іt wеrе іn thе wах сеllѕ.
Quіtе оftеn hоnеу сrуѕtаllіzаtіоn іѕ “mіѕundеrѕtооd” bу hоnеу соnѕumеrѕ. А numbеr оf thеm аѕѕumе thаt hоnеу сrуѕtаllіzеѕ (grаnulаtеѕ) duе tо рооr quаlіtу, bаd ѕtоrаgе оr bесаuѕе іt іѕ unnаturаl аnd аdultеrаtеd. Асtuаllу, јuѕt thе орроѕіtе hоldѕ truе. Іf hоnеу dоеѕ nоt сrуѕtаllіzе fоr а lоng tіmе, ехсерt fоr thоѕе tуреѕ оf hоnеу іn whісh thе nаturаl сrуѕtаllіzаtіоn рrосеѕѕ gоеѕ ѕlоwеr (асасіа), thаt оftеn іѕ а сlеаr іndісаtіоn fоr hоnеу аdultеrаtіоn, dіlutіоn, еtс.

Сrуѕtаllіzаtіоn bу nо mеаnѕ сhаngеѕ thе quаlіtу оf hоnеу. Іt оnlу аffесtѕ ѕоmе ехtеrnаl fеаturеѕ, lіkе сhаngе оf соlоr аnd tехturе. Тhіѕ іѕ quіtе а nаturаl рrосеѕѕ аnd іf thе hоnеу іn thе hоnеу јаr іn оur kіtсhеn hаѕ сrуѕtаllіzеd, іt dоеѕ nоt аt аll mеаn thаt іt іѕ ѕроіlt аnd іѕ nо lоngеr fіt fоr соnѕumрtіоn. Іt іѕ gооd tо knоw thаt сrуѕtаllіzаtіоn іѕ аn аttrіbutе оf рurе nаturаl hоnеу.

more info on this : http://honeypedia.info/why-does-honey-crystallize

19 Apr

What Is Honey ?

Honey is made by converting plant sugar rich nectar from flowers by bees.

Since it contains sugar, what should you know about honey and its potential affect on your health?

What Are The Health Benefits of Using Honey?

Seven experiments using honey were conducted by the researchers at the Dubai Specialized Medical Center in the United Arab Emirates. They compared honey with dextrose (glucose) and sucrose (table sugar) to measure their effects on blood sugar, inflammation, lipids, heart disease and cholesterol and triglycerides on three types of people: healthy, diabetic, and those with abnormally high lipids in their blood.

The results indicated four important health findings about honey:

  • Honey raised blood sugar less than dextrose (glucose) and sucrose (glucose and fructose). It did raise blood sugar, but not as much.
  • Honey reduced C-Reactive Protein (CRP), a marker associated with inflammation.
  • Honey lowered LDL cholesterol, blood triglycerides and raised HDL cholesterol.
  • Honey lowered Homocysteine, an amino acid associated with heart disease and stroke.

The researchers concluded that “Honey reduces blood lipids, homocysteine, and CRP in normal and hyperlipidemic subjects. Honey compared with dextrose and sucrose caused lower elevation of PGL (plasma glucose level) in diabetics.”

Honey and Cancer

Extensive studies have been conducted with honey and its effect on the development of tumors and progression of cancers:

  •  Some honeys such as Tualang honey, target and kill breast and cervical cancer cells, leaving non-cancerous cells unharmed. The antiproliferative activity of Tualang honey had positive effects on oral squamous cell carcinoma cell lines.
  • Honey revealed moderate antitumor and antimetastatic effects on murine tumors in laboratory studies.
  • Honey played a role in inhibiting the growth of bladder cancer cell lines.
  • Suppressing inflammation and inducing apoptosis of colon cancer lines was done by Gelam and Nenas honeys.
  • Honey kills cancer cells in renal cell carinoma.

What Should You Know to Maximize the Full Benefits of Honey?

It is important to buy raw honey to gain the maximum health benefits from it. Buying local raw honey from beekeepers is the best way to guarantee you are buying the real thing.

In the supermarkets, the bottles on the shelves are probably raw honey which has been processed by the sugar refiners by heating up the honey over 120 degrees. This is done primarily to lessen the crystallization of the product so it remains easier to pour for a longer period of time. However, it removes the health benefits of the raw honey.

In addition, processed sugars are added to raw honey to change the color, flavor and sweetness. Some of these added sugars are beet sugar and high fructose corn syrup. In our blog on sugar, we noted that it is important to read labels to find any added sugars which could potentially impact your health. There are no FDA rules governing the labeling of raw honey. It is a self-regulated voluntarily industry.

What is Raw Honey and Where Can I Buy It?

Commercial honey, that which is usually found on the grocery shelves, has been processed by heating above 120 degrees and pressed through micro filters. This enhances the clarity of the honey but removes much of the nutritional value.

Raw honey can be purchased in a couple different forms. One is honey which has not been strained, removing wax and other particles, and has not been commercially heated. The other is honey which has been strained, removing the hive particles, and has been gently heated.”

 

 

19 Apr

Four-Week Consumption of Malaysian Honey Reduces Excess Weight Gain and Improves Obesity

Many studies revealed the potential of honey consumption in controlling obesity. However, no study has been conducted using Malaysian honey. In this study, we investigated the efficacy of two local Malaysian honey types: Gelam and Acacia honey in reducing excess weight gain and other parameters related to obesity. The quality of both honey types was determined through physicochemical analysis and contents of phenolic and flavonoid. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were induced to become obese using high fat diet (HFD) prior to introduction with/without honey or orlistat for four weeks. Significant reductions in excess weight gain and adiposity index were observed in rats fed with Gelam honey compared to HFD rats. Moreover, levels of plasma glucose, triglycerides, and cholesterol, plasma leptin and resistin, liver enzymes, renal function test, and relative organ weight in Gelam and Acacia honey treated groups were reduced significantly when compared to rats fed with HFD only. Similar results were also displayed in rats treated with orlistat, but with hepatotoxicity effects. In conclusion, consumption of honey can be used to control obesity by regulating lipid metabolism and appears to be more effective than orlistat.

2.1 billion people worldwide are overweight and obese, regardless of their socioeconomic status reported in 2013. Thus, both overweight and obesity are identified as a major contributor to other chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and even certain cancers. Various factors are known to lead to this health problem, but ease of accessibility to unhealthy foods has been identified as the major culprit.

Honey can be described as one of the functional foods. Besides its natural sweet taste, honey has a low glycemic index and other medicinal properties. Its benefit to health and its usage have been well known to mankind since ancient times and were recorded in medical texts from various civilizations. Findings from many studies also showed the ability of honey in controlling overweight and obesity when consumed orally, thus making it a potential antiobesity agent. However, the effect using the local honey is still unknown and to be investigated in this study.

A variety of honey found in Malaysia are diverse, which include both blossom and honeydew honey, due to their tropical climate and being rich in floral sources. Biochemical and pharmacological activities of honey vary, depending on its location, weather and humidity, nectar source, and handling during harvesting and storage. In this study, two types of Malaysian honey were used to observe its effects on high fat diet-induced Sprague-Dawley male rats. Gelam honey, categorised as a blossom honey, was produced by Apis dorsata, a wild and native honeybee, from nectars of Melaleuca cajuputi trees and harvested from the forest. Meanwhile, Acacia honey is honeydew honey produced by A. mellifera, also known as European honeybee, from sugary fluids produced by Acacia mangium trees and reared by beekeepers in wooden hives.

Read more on this : https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2017/1342150/

 

13 Apr

For Oily Skin: Honey-Papaya Mask

You will need:

1/3-cup cocoa
three teaspoons of heavy cream
1/3-cup ripe papaya
1/4-cup honey and three teaspoons of oatmeal powder

Instructions: Mix and apply on your face. After 10 minutes, wash your face with warm water. This anti-aging skin care face mask helps heal skin blemishes, nourishes, draws out impurities, balances your skin pH, and will leave your skin radiant and soft. Good for acne-prone skin.

13 Apr

For Dry Skin: Honey and Egg Mask

You will need
1 tablespoon honey
1 egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon almond oil
1 tablespoon yogurt

Instructions: Put all ingredients into a large bowl and stir until it becomes sticky and thick. Apply the mask to your face for 5 minutes and wash face thoroughly with a mild facial soap. Honey stimulates and soothes, egg and almond oil penetrate and moisturize, and yogurt refines and tightens pores. The egg yolk also helps to lighten up the skin.

12 Apr

Homemade Honey and Lemon Face Mask

This homemade face mask that will leave your skin feeling fresh, clean, and moisturized. Lemons are filled with AHA’s and BHA’s which remove dead skin cells and help clear up blackheads, acne, and discoloration, while honey is a natural antioxidant and antibacterial.

To prep your skin before any face mask, pour boiling hot water in a bowl and stand above it letting the steam open your pores. Mix one tablespoon of organic raw honey and half a squeezed lemon in to a bowl and apply all over your face, avoiding the eye area. Now, let your skin soak up all this goodness for 15-30 minutes (depending on how sensitive your skin is). Wash away with warm water, finishing with one splash of cold water to close your pores. Pat gently with a towel to dry. Let your skin breathe for the rest of the day, or follow up with your favourite moisturizer/serum.

What you’ll need:
½ Organic Lemon
1 tbsp. Organic Raw Honey
Mixing Bowl
Spoon

 

12 Apr

Homemade Honey and Lemon Face Mask

This homemade face mask that will leave your skin feeling fresh, clean, and moisturized. Lemons are filled with AHA’s and BHA’s which remove dead skin cells and help clear up blackheads, acne, and discoloration, while honey is a natural antioxidant and antibacterial.

To prep your skin before any face mask, pour boiling hot water in a bowl and stand above it letting the steam open your pores. Mix one tablespoon of organic raw honey and half a squeezed lemon in to a bowl and apply all over your face, avoiding the eye area. Now, let your skin soak up all this goodness for 15-30 minutes (depending on how sensitive your skin is). Wash away with warm water, finishing with one splash of cold water to close your pores. Pat gently with a towel to dry. Let your skin breathe for the rest of the day, or follow up with your favourite moisturizer/serum.

What you’ll need:
½ Organic Lemon
1 tbsp. Organic Raw Honey
Mixing Bowl
Spoon

 

Enjoy this blog? Please spread the word :)