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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Honey Tips for Summer


Summer is officially here and the honeybees are buzzing! As you prepare for long days at the swimming pool or trips to the lake, don’t forget to pack some honey! Honey can be a helpful home remedy and has many uses. Here are some of our summertime favorites:

Natural Relief for Sunburn

Applying Sue Bee® Honey directly on sunburned skin will cool, soothe and promote faster healing. Then, to help your skin rehydrate, mix together 1 teaspoon of Sue Bee® Honey, 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil and 1/4 teaspoon of lemon juice and put it on the sunburned area. Leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse off with water.

Treat Bug Bites

Rubbing Sue Bee® Honey on a bug bite and pressing an ice cube on the honey will help lift dead skin cells and produce new ones to close the wound, thanks to the natural sugar. Honey has antibacterial power that is more effective than regular medical gels.

Help Summer-Damaged Hair

Swimming and sunshine can be tough on hair. Keep yours healthy this summer with a hair shine. Stir 1 teaspoon of Sue Bee® Honey into 4 cups of warm water. Add lemon if desired. After shampooing, pour the mixture through your hair. Don’t rinse. Dry as usual.

Get In Swimsuit Shape

Honey is a wonder food, and as it turns out, you can even make it part of your weight-loss plan. Honey is an excellent substitute for sugar; it also helps speed up your metabolism. Just remember: all things in moderation.

Monday, May 06, 2013

Everybody’s sweet on honey – again




Can you guess what food ingredient everyone’s buzzing about? It’s free of fat and cholesterol. It goes great in recipes. People love the taste. It’s even all-natural!

OK, it’s honey. Not exactly new. It seems like every few years, people find out again that honey “is not just for tea and toast anymore,” to quote one of the experts cited in the latest issue of Food Processing. The leading trade magazine published a special report on honey.

The article says honey’s popularity among food and beverage manufacturers is increasing. Why?

“Honey is the perfect sweetener, inclusion and flavor enhancer for consumers who want natural products but want them to taste like indulgent foods and beverages,” according to Catherine Barry, director of marketing for the National Honey Board (NHB).

Here are some of the places honey is popping up:

  • Chocolate (Swiss and milk) bars made with honey almond nougat
  • Salad dressings made with honey Dijon and honey Dijon yogurt
  • Yogurt smoothies flavored with honey
  • Honey cough lozenges in menthol and eucalyptus varieties
  • Honey vitamins, available in C and D varieties
  • Cooking shows using honey, especially in all-natural recipes
  • Breakfast cereals and granola bars using honey as a sweetener
  • Energy drinks and bars for athletes using honey for its quick absorption into the bloodstream
  • Honey whiskeys and other alcoholic beverages, including honey-infused vodka, tequila and rum, which are being used in unique, innovative cocktails
  • Mead, made with fermented honey and one of mankind’s earliest alcoholic beverages, which now is gaining attention among home brewers and vintners

One of the biggest drivers behind honey’s surging popularity is consumer recognition that honey is well-known as an all-natural food. In a survey by the NHB, participants were read a list of sweeteners they might find in foods in a grocery store and asked to indicate whether they considered each one a natural sweetener. As the percentages show, honey was the big winner:

  • Honey 96%
  • Granulated sugar 74%
  • Molasses 73%
  • Cane juice 61%
  • Corn syrup 49%
  • Fruit juice concentrate 49%
  • Agave nectar 23%
  • High-fructose corn syrup 23%
  • Non-calorie sweeteners 15%

Finally, Food Processing quoted Sue Bee Honey’s Lisa Hansel, assistant vice president of sales and marketing (she’s the expert mentioned at the start of this post), summing up the reasons people are so sweet on honey.

“One-hundred percent pure honey is also fat-, sodium- and cholesterol-free and contains healthful antioxidants and micronutrients. Second, a growing number of consumers are becoming aware of the importance of the American honey bee, which is responsible for pollinating hundreds of American crops, like almonds, oranges, apples, cherries and more. Third, honey is the perfect all-natural sweetener to replace sugar in recipes for both consumers and manufacturers.”

Well said, Lisa!


Monday, December 10, 2012

Cure Coughs with Sue Bee Honey


Coughing kids have been known to keep little ones and parents up all night. Unfortunately, the number of treatment options is slim as many over-the-counter options are not suitable for children under the age of 6. A study released in the September issue of Pediatrics magazine tested more than 250 children ages 1-5 who were experiencing nighttime coughing. The participants were given one of three types or honey or a non-honey liquid with similar consistency prior to going to bed for two consecutive nights. The study found that the children who received the honey mixture coughed less frequently, less severely and slept better through the night.

The next time your precious little ones are struggling to make it through the night because of coughing, use two teaspoons of Sue Bee Honey to soothe the throat and help everyone sleep through the night!