Can Honey really help with weight loss?

Happy New Year!  Thanks for taking the time to read my very first ever blog post.  I’m new to all of this media stuff and boy is it hard to keep up with.  I’ve always considered myself young and in the know, but I’ve recently discovered NOT SO MUCH!  Anywho today I wanted to talk a little about one of the many benefits of honey; weigh loss.  Honey contains many vitamins and minerals that help your body with digestion.

 So first things first; a lot of people think honey is a sugar.  While honey does contain sugar, it is not like refined sugar.  Refined sugars have empty calories meaning there is not a benefit to eating them.  Honey contains vitamins and minerals; as I mentioned, and many other healthy nutrients.  To digest sugars, your body will use up valuable vitamins and minerals that are stored in your body. These nutrients are essential to dissolve fats and cholesterol.  Refined sugars don’t contain any vitamins or minerals therefore causing your body not to be able to break it down. Weight gain from sugar is due to the calorie intake as well as the subsequent lack of vitamins and minerals. With honey having its own nutrients in it, it helps break down the sugar causing them not to bee (typo but thought it was cute so I left it :)) stored as fat.

Honey contains protein, water, fiber, sugar, and various nutrients.  Minerals like iron, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and calcium can be found in honey along with vitamins such as folate, riboflavin, vitamin C and B6.  Honey is believed to mobilize stored fat.  When stored fat is burnt to provide energy, you will notice a gradual decrease in weight.  So, take your spoonful of honey this resolution season and see what its benefits can do for you.  There are many different recipes for cleanses using honey floating around, especially right now when everyone is on the weight loss kick.  Just make sure your honey is raw/unpasteurized so you can take advantage of the benefits naturally produced in honey.  

Thanks again for taking the time to read my first blog post.  Stay tuned to read more about the benefits produced from the hive and the fun things we at Bee Calm & Hive On have created to keep you living a healthy and natural lifestyle.  

The anti-cancer benefits from Honey

"Is honey one of those anti-cancer foods? Can it cure cancer?" From time to time, I receive these questions from "Just Ask".

Our heart goes out to those whose lives are troubled and threatened by cancer, but I had to reply and inform them that honey is not an antidote for cancer or a "cure-all".

Perhaps what many people don't think enough of or have overlooked is - honey possesses carcinogen-preventing and anti-tumour properties; honey is curative; honey is anti-cancer. According to the book Honey Revolution by Dr Ron Fessenden, scientists have found floral flavonoids in honey. These tiny traces of bioflavonoids, generally known as antioxidants, have powerful influences when entered into the body's cells. When ingested, they immediately increase the antioxidant levels within cells, "decrease capillary permeability and fragility. They scavenge oxidants and inhibit the destruction of collagen in the body". 

In fact in the recent years, major drug companies recognised the effectiveness of these flora-flavones in removing free radicals from our body and improving our body immunity functioning, and are now investing millions of dollars just to produce these substances artificially. Tell your family, friends that the foraging honeybees have passed on these precious natural floral-flavones from the floral nectars to honey and then to us! Look, you may not see the benefit of turning to healthful food overnight, but daily repetitive, anti-cancer choices will can potentially safe your life from deadly diseases like cancers.

Surely all of us know that prevention is far better than cures, but sadly, the world has succumbed to the instant gratification syndrome. Just see how people are losing weight so quickly by taking diet pills, getting liposuction, or even starving. Working out things over time has become a waste of time. We want material wealth, relationships, and success now, totally abandoning the universal law of sowing and reaping. And with the exact attitude, we often put all our strength and focus into demanding instant cures of diseases and forget all about constant prevention with anti-cancer diet and lifestyle. 


I want to share this story with you. Our local papers recently featured a retail magnate who was punished by the law for buying a kidney illegally. As reported, his kidneys failed in 2005 due to the high levels of sugar in his blood and his well-known penchant for "good food, especially the deep fried stuff". He was tethered to his dialysis machine for three hours a day, and when he was not having dialysis, he would be with a doctor for heart problems and diabetes. When interviewed, he remarked that if he had listen to his doctors a decade or two ago, he might not have lost the use of his kidneys. Hindsight is always 20/20, he said. 


Such stories must be powerful enough to jolt us out of our wilful nonchalance. Borrow the hindsight of those who have been there before and work on our health and picture in our mind the good health of our children 10, 20 years later. We can't forecast freak diseases, accidents, and natural disasters of tomorrow, but we can definitely will ourselves to treating our body better by choosing wisely the kind of food to deposit into it today. 

So, more anti-cancer foods, please.

Fun Facts

  • A honeybee has to travel over 55,000 miles and visits approx. 2 million flowers to make 1 pound of honey.
  • A honeybee can fly approximately 15 miles per hour.
  • Honeybees are the only insect that produce food for humans.
  • Honey is the ONLY food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including water.
  • A typical beehive makes more than 400 pounds of honey per year
  • Approximately 7-8 pounds of honey are consumed by bees to produce 1 pound of beeswax.
  • Honeybees are a great scientific mystery because they
    have remained unchanged for 20 million years even though the world has
    changed around them.
  • Honeybees will usually travel approximately 3 miles from their hive.
  • A single honeybee will only produce approximately 1/12 teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
  • A honeybee will flap its wings about 11,400 times per minute creating the "buzz" that you hear.
  • Honeybees are the only bees that die after they sting.
  • Honeybees are entirely herbivorous when they forage for nectar and pollen, but can cannibalize their own brood when stressed.
  • Honey speeds the healing process and combats infections.
  • Honey never spoils. 
  • It would take about 1 ounce of honey to fuel a honeybee's flight around the world.
  • Honeybee colonies have unique odors that members flash
    like ID cards at the hive's front door, so the guard bees can recognize
    the entering bees.
  • Honeybees are responsible for approx 80% of all fruit, vegetable and seed crops in the U.S.