Honey

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I eat a fair amount of honey.  I always have.  I think I “got into” honey back when I was a teenager and a vegetarian.  Back then, my brother and I went through a ton of honey. That and molasses.  We used to make whole wheat pancakes nearly everyday and cover them with molasses.  I don’t eat much molasses anymore.

I think that honey is good for you.  I’m not sure why I think that.  I really haven’t read anything about how honey is an antioxidant or anything.  I just feel better when I eat honey.

Kris and I once bought a 5 gallon tin of honey from our friend, Mike Hudson’s uncle.  I’m not sure how many pounds of honey that is, but it was super heavy.  I’m guessing it weighed somewhere around 50-60 pounds.  It took us a while to get through that in.  It crystallized and we had to reheat it over and over again to get it out.  It probably lasted about a year, which is sort of unbelievable considering how much honey we ate.  If my weight guess is close, that is nearly a pound a week.  It doesn’t seem like that much, but taking into account that is every week or the year, it was a lot.

I am kind of a honey snob.  All honey tastes a little different.  I’m not a snob enough to know what flowers the bees use to make the honey taste better.  I just like to try a ton of local honey, then when I find it, I try to stick with it.  It is funny how the better honey always costs the most.

I would like to have my own bees and make my own honey.  My friend Jeff Unruh, from Topeka ,has some bees and sometimes gives me some for Christmas.  It is so good.  A friend sent me an email and told me that each bee produces 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.  Man, it takes a lot of bees to make a pound of honey.

Anyway, I’ve been eating lots of honey recently.  I put it on just about everything.   I think that anything that doesn’t spoil on its own has to have some special properties.  I hope so because I eat a ton of it.

This is my favorite honey right now. You can order it online. It is a little pricey.

This is my favorite honey right now. You can order it online. It is a little pricey.

I pulled out this that had been kicking around the house forever. We got it in Europe. It is a little messy, but sort of fun to use.

I pulled out this that had been kicking around the house forever. We got it in Europe. It is a little messy, but sort of fun to use.

Tucker is acting all good, trying to entice me into taking him somewhere.

Tucker is acting all good, trying to entice me into taking him somewhere.

 

 

 

22 thoughts on “Honey

  1. SM

    Honey is awesome! I love it also, but it can get really pricey.

    Tucker may be trying to con you out of some honey….

     
  2. RGTR

    Jeez Tucker, with a look like that I bet you could run the whole show there. That look is irresistible.

    Speaking of honey, I have to wonder if all the media coverage about the loss of bees is correct. I wish I had the time and know-how to keep a hive or three.

     
  3. chamoo

    “I think that honey is good for you. I’m not sure why I think that.”

    This one goes deep, guys.

    LOCAL MAN BAFFLED BY OWN ENJOYMENT OF HONEY. More at 11.

     
  4. Cycling Guy

    Honey is a natural anti-biotic, bro. There are even Tagaderm-type patches that have medicinal honey (Manuka) in them. They work really well on infected cuts or scrapes. They are expensive but worth it. The down side is they absorb sweat. So, if I ride with one, I usually have to replace it.

    I hoped you were going to talk about using honey instead of Gatorade, Scratch, etc. in your bottles. I tried it once in a pinch, and didn’t like the taste. Hoping you might have figured out a good formula for it.

     
  5. David

    They say to eat honey from as close to home as possible. It is supposed to help with allergies I have heard.

     
    1. timm

      This is not true. Pollen that causes allergies is broadcast via wind, in extremely large quantities. Honey pollen is sticky. Stuck to bees. People are not allergic to flowers.

       
      1. timm

        And there’s not much pollen in honey. Allergies are an overactive immuno response to histamines, not an infection.

         
  6. Barb

    Honey is metabolized by the body the same as sugar. And sugar is sugar, whatever the form. Consuming honey or sugar will have an immediate impact on blood sugar, which stimulates the pancreas to make insulin. When the body produces too much insulin in order to get rid of the sugar, this causes a dip in blood sugar, which makes you crave more sugar. Or crave more honey as the case may be. This might be why you’ve consumed honey is such huge quantities over your lifetime. It’s pancreas ping pong.

     
  7. David

    Bernd Heinrich, long distance runner, bee biologist, and author of “Why We Run: A Natural History” once computed how many calories he’d burn in a marathon. He then consumed the equivalent amount of honey on the starting line. I’m guessing he thought it would give him a ton of energy. He made it to about the one-mile mark and then started spewing. High concentrations of sugar will pull water into the GI tract, and his stomach couldn’t handle it. But it might work to put a couple Tbs of honey into a water bottle.

     
  8. James

    Honey, mango juice, banana, Perpetuem, blend & you have short, med & long chain fuel sources in an easy to digest liquid. And tastes good. Just mod the amount of juice to water to get the taste you prefer. Or hit the wall & go for a cherry pie & talk about how one eats only “real food.” Honey Rules!

     

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