The Health Benefits of Honey
Honey also hosts a horde of antioxidants.. A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that the antioxidant activity of honey is comparable to that of many fruits and vegetables on a fresh-weight basis. And while you likely will not devour a cup of honey in lieu of broccoli, the golden liquid makes an antioxidant-rich alternative to sugar. Generally, the darker the honey, the higher its antioxidant content. Other factors that can influence antioxidant content, particularly within a species, include climate, soil, processing, handling and storage.
Honey’s wound-healing properties are among its most impressive medicinal qualities. A study published in the journal Burns found honey salve healed superficial burns more quickly and effectively than a standard treatment of silver sulfadiazine. Another study examined the therapeutic effects of honey applied to surgical incisions following Caesarean sections and abdominal hysterectomies. Compared with patients treated with a standard solution of iodine and alcohol, those treated with honey were infection-free in fewer days, had a reduced hospital stay and experienced accelerated wound healing with minimal scar formation.
Honey helps heal wounds in several ways. Its thickness provides a protective barrier against germs, and honey naturally absorbs fluids in wounds, helping to prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi. Raw honey also contains an enzyme called glucose oxidase. When the enzyme mixes with body fluids, it produces hydrogen peroxide and acts as a mild antiseptic.
Bear Foot Honey Farm, a third-generation family honey farm in Santa Rosa, California, offers these instructions for substituting honey for sugar in recipes on its website.
Because of its high fructose content, honey has higher sweetening power than sugar, which means you can use less to achieve the desired sweetness. When using honey as an alternative to granulated sugar in recipes, begin by substituting honey for up to half of the sugar called for in the recipe.
For baked goods, reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees to prevent overbrowning. For each cup of honey used, reduce the liquid called for by 1/4 cup and add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda.
For more on using honey and other natural sweeteners as an alternative to sugar, read the article “Smarter Sweets.”
“This could be something big.” – Robert Herjavek, Shark Tank Episode 520
So….as we noted in our last blog post, Shark Tank hosted a Kids-Themed Episode this past Friday on ABC. We love Shark Tank and we were especially interested to see how Henry Miller of Henry's Humdingers Honey would do since his business consists of making spiced honey with names like Grumpy Grampa, Naughty Nana, Phoebe’s Fireball and Diabolical Dad. He got shredded by “Mr Wonderful;” Kevin O’Leary, who suggested that this was not a large scale business playing in a small category. In the end, Mark Cuban and Robert Herjavec offered to buy out 75% of Henry’s company for $300k. For a 16-year old entrepreneur that sounds like a pretty good deal. Like all things Shark Tank though, you never really know if a deal is going to go thru. We’ll stay mum on that one till we know more.
TheraBee is not only in the business of creating Culinary Honey™, we have the proprietary Honey Bliss Balls™ and a line of Skin & Body Care that is gaining momentum with athletes. We like our chances and love the fact that culinary honey has now been named an “emerging category,” at least by a famous billionaire. The point for us in watching this episode carefully was to see what the response to a similar product would be in “The Tank.” Robert is right, “creating a new category is a huge challenge”, but like Mark Cuban said, there are always opportunities when you create a new category.
With TheraBee, we are definitely looking for the new opportunity. It’s a risk, a lot of work and a roller coaster of emotions, but we really believe in the product, our brand and the opportunity for us as entrepreneurs. We also love our customers and the many friends of TheraBee who keep us on our toes and give us confidence in our future success.
“I see an idea, I see an opportunity, and I can see the endgame and how it can be enormous.” – Mark Cuban, Shark Tank Episode 520
Our Bees Do Not Have Udders
One the first questions we are typically asked about our honey is “is your honey organic?” While we don’t use commercial treatments in our hives, nor use pesticides on our property, technically, we can say yes. However, that would be a bunch of BS!
The truth is there is no such thing as organic honey, and if someone is labeling it so, than the first question you must ask is “how are you controlling where the bees are foraging?” You see, hungry bees will forage as far as a 5-6 mile radius from their hive. In order to be certified organic, a beekeeper must have complete control of that radius, ensuring the bees do not fly through pesticides, nor forage on pesticide treated agriculture. That means they would have to own thousands of acres.
And for those “certified organic” honeys – the question that should be asked is how are the certifying entities tracking the bees to verify a beekeepers claim that the bees do not leave their property? Well, according to an article "The Mystery Behind Organic Honey by LivingMaxWell - "some U.S. certifiers are granting certification to apiaries based on USDA organic rules for livestock. Yes, livestock." I'm sorry, but last time I looked, my bees did not have Udders!
In a 2011 article written by Alex Wild of Scientific America, and a professor on beekeeping said: Organic honey isn’t impossible. It’s just beyond of the ability of most beekeepers. Bee yards situated in isolated spots deep in the Adirondacks, or mountain valleys in sparsely-populated New Mexico, can probably pull off honey free of agrochemicals. Most beekeepers operate within a bee’s flight of pesticides, however, making “organic” honey an illusory proposition.
Alex goes into deeper explanation on this “illusory” problem, so make sure to read it in its entirety.
Further, with the growing use of pesticides and GMO's world-wide, I would think it would be even more difficult to make any organic claims on honey these days.
Not convinced? Then here's more food for thought:
I'm Martha Van Inwegen, and that's my perspective!