A Quick Comparison before the Honey Details
|Half Cup||Honey||Molasses||White Sugar|
|Estimated Glycemic Load||85||77||70|
|Choline||3.7 mg||22.4 mg||0%|
|Fluoride||11.9 mcg||0||1 mcg|
* Brown sugar is one cup white (granulated) sugar mixed with a quarter cup of molasses.
Treatment with honey is called apitherapy. Honey was known to have powerful wound-healing properties in ancient times, but its properties appear to have been forgotten. To apply honey to a wound put it directly on to the wound, or on to the dressing. Change once or twice a day. It may sting a little at first. Raw honey from health food stores is best, as it has not been heated which can affect its bacterial properties. Honey fell from favor as a wound dressing when antibiotic dressings were developed during World War II. Honey is still used in Africa, India and the Middle East, and the Greek philosopher Aristotle often prescribed different types of honey for different ailments. Honey provides a moist healing environment yet prevents bacterial growth even when wounds are heavily infected. It is a very effective means of quickly rendering heavily infected wounds sterile, without the side-effects of antibiotics, and it is effective against antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. Its antibacterial properties and its viscosity also provide a barrier to cross-infection of wounds.
Last year, the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration — the equivalent of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration — approved honey as a medicine. Honey helps wounds in several ways, says biochemist Professor Peter Molan. Its thickness provides a protective barrier. The hydrogen peroxide it contains is released slowly, killing germs in the wound. Some as-yet-unknown ingredients reduce inflammation, while others, perhaps amino acids and vitamin C, speed the growth of healthy tissue. Honey even makes wounds smell better, possibly because when bacteria in wounds eat honey's sugars, they give off sweeter-smelling gases. DO NOT give unpasteurized honey to infants because honey contains a type of bacteria called Clostridium botulinum that's harmless to older children and adults, can be dangerous to babies less than 1 year old. "But it's still OK to use honey on children's (and infants') burns or scrapes," says says biochemist Professor Peter Molan, Ph.D. who works at a Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato, in the central North Island. Molan believes it is safe to use ordinary supermarket honey on minor wounds. And it's a lot cheaper than antibiotic ointments. Since ingredients vary depending on the nectar from which the honey is made it's important to be aware of the source. Scientists claim to have discovered that honey can be used as a natural remedy to hospital infection "superbugs" which are resistant to strong antibiotics. In its undiluted form, honey had the effect of killing off bacteria, which researchers believe could be linked to enzymes in the bees themselves or present in pollen. Researcher, Shona Blair from the University of Sydney has found that, when diluted honey is applied to a moist wound, it produces hydrogen peroxide, a known anti-bacterial agent. The research has also revealed that honey is powerful even against drug-resistant hospital killer golden staphStaphylococcus aureus. When the enzyme glucose oxidizes (produced by bees) reacts with water in the wound and glucose in the honey, hydrogen peroxide is produced. "It's like bleach. "If you put bleach on your skin it would burn you, but this is at such a low concentration it doesn't harm the skin." Honey diluted to one per cent inhibited the growth of S. aureau for about three hours. Stronger solutions of honey at two per cent and three per cent inhibited growth for five hours and 10 hours respectively. Another reason for honey's antibacterial properties is its high sugar content. Honey left in the cupboard never goes bad, partly because bacteria need moisture to grow. Honey has so many sugar molecules that any available water molecules become bound to them, and aren't available for bacteria to use.
Clinical use of honey The amount of honey required on the wound relates to the amount of fluid exuding from the wound diluting it. The frequency of dressing changes required will depend on how rapidly the honey is being diluted by exudates. If there are no exudates, dressings need to be changed twice-weekly to maintain a 'reservoir' of antibacterial components as they diffuse into the wound tissues. To achieve best results the honey should be applied to an absorbent dressing prior to application. If applied directly to the wound, the honey tends to run off before a secondary dressing is applied to hold it in place. Honey will not soak readily into absorbent dressings. Soaking is facilitated by warming the honey to body temperature and/or adding 1 part water to 20 parts honey to make the honey more fluid. In some situations a 'blister' of honey can be held on a wound using an adhesive film dressing. Honey can be used to treat cavity wounds in this way, although this approach is not suitable for heavily exuding wounds. For moderately to heavily exuding wounds, a secondary dressing may be needed to contain seepage of diluted honey from the primary dressing. An occlusive dressing such as polyurethane film is best, as an absorbent secondary dressing tends to draw the honey away from the wound surface. A low-adherent dressing helps prevent the honey dressing sticking to the wound in cases where this is a problem. This dressing is placed between the wound and the honey dressing, but must be porous to allow the antibacterial components of the honey to diffuse freely into the wound bed. Alginate dressings impregnated with honey are a good alternative to cotton/cellulose dressings, as the alginate converts into a honey-containing soft gel. Any depressions or cavities in the wound bed need to be filled with honey in addition to using a honey-impregnated dressing. This is to ensure the antibacterial components of the honey diffuse into the wound tissues. Honey can safely be inserted into cavities and sinuses. It is water-soluble and easily rinsed out; any residues are bio-degradable (honey filtered in processing does not contain any foreign bodies). For sinuses with small openings a catheter on a syringe filled with honey is an effective way of applying honey. Since infection may lie in the tissues underlying the wound margins, honey dressings need to extend beyond the inflamed area surrounding a wound.
Baking with Honey When shopping for honey, buy from beekeepers brands who do not feed their bees' refined sugars, high fructose corn syrup or who use harmful pesticides. Honey is fattening! Honey is more fattening than sugar! 1 Tablespoon of honey = 64 calories. 1 Tablespoon of sugar = 46 calories. Honey does take up moisture quickly. So, fruit cakes, steamed puddings, cookies and candies stay moist longer if you use honey instead of sugar. Honey contains water so in a recipe that substitute honey for sugar the liquid must be reduced, by about half of the total amount of sugar substituted. Bake honey cakes at the lowest temperature possible to prevent loss or change of flavor of the honey and over browning. Honey can replace molasses measure for measure and contains less acid than molasses. Add 4 teaspoon of baking powder for each teaspoon of baking soda that you substituted.
Honey Storage Honey should be stored in a dry place. Lower temperatures will cause the honey to become partly cloudy and partially crystallize. Most honey will show crystallizing upon aging. Re-liquify it by warming the container in moderately hot water below 140F. Higher temperatures will destroy the flavor and color of the honey.
Honey Bees Routine Bees that are not domesticated will raise a new queen if one is needed. Often, the bees will create multiple supercedure cells and then destroy them all but one. Or, the first queen to hatch will kill off her competition (aka the other queens) in their cells. The queen bee lives much longer than the drones or worker bees do. It's possible for a queen bee to live up to 2 or 3 years. The drones are the male bees whose sole purpose in life is to have sex (mate) with the queen. They do not have any stingers. Drones live approximately 4-6 weeks but once a drone mates, he then dies. It's the poor worker bees that have it the hardest of all. The workers are all females, who are thin and under-developed sexually. They have stingers! They get the pollen and nectar for the comb, and/or fan their wings to keep the nest cool. They live approximately 4-6 weeks, but it's a hard life. A colony will have about 50,000 bees. The worker bee will visit about 50 to 100 flowers per trip. In the honeybees' short lifespan, she will only make about 1/12 teaspoon of honey. It takes a total of 2 million flowers to produce 1 lb. of honey. When a worker bee spots a good source for pollen and nectar, she'll fly back to the nest and let the other bees know about it. How? This is what is known as that special "bee dance" in which the drone will inform the others the location and distance to the newly discovered source. What makes a bee buzz? Honey bees have 4 wings which stroke approximately 11,400 times per minute, creating the buzz we know so well. There are approximately 211,600 beekeepers in the US today, with over 3 million commercial honey producing colonies. Utah is called the Beehive State. The flavor of honey all depends on which flower (plant) the bee gathered the nectar. Honey is sold either as comb honey or extracted honey. Both are delicious and may be used interchangeably. Comb honey is difficult to ship and therefore not as easy to get as the extracted variety, which can be shipped long distances and stored for long periods of time without deterioration.Cinnamon Health Benefits
Cinnamon is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium. Studies have shown that cinnamon eaten daily can lower LDL cholesterol and have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes. It has an anti-clotting effect on the blood and also stops medication-resistant yeast infections. Smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory. The U.S. Department of Agriculture in Maryland believes that cinnamon reduced the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells. At Copenhagen University, patients given cinnamon powder combined with honey every morning before breakfast had significant relief in arthritis pain after one week and could walk without pain within one month. When added to food, it inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative. Researchers at Kansas State University found that cinnamon fights the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices.
The Wrong Honey Warning (High Frucose Corn Syrup Trick)
There are bee farms that produce 2/3 of the annual honey production in North America by force feeding their bees high fructose corn syrup or other sugars, and keeping them under 24-hour hive lighting so that they will produce honey year round (the remaining 1/3 of honey produced in N.A. is pure honey). These tactics result in the bees producing a product that is only partially real honey; the other portion of the "honey" is high fructose corn syrup! In fact most fructose in "foods" [processed foods] is not from "fruit" at all, but from added "sweeteners" like high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). HFCS is artificially manufactured from corn starch – not extracted from fruits, per se. So while there is fructose in fruit, and whole fruit is healthy to eat in a proper diet, most fructose does not come from fruit but a chemical process that begins with corn starch, and HFCS is not a healthful thing to include in ones regular diet. Skip this paragragh because it's too technical but some people just want to know. HFCS is produced by processing corn starch to yield glucose, and then processing the glucose to produce a high percentage of fructose. Three different enzymes are needed to break down cornstarch, which is composed of chains of glucose molecules of almost infinite length, into the simple sugars glucose and fructose. First, cornstarch is treated with alpha-amylase to produce shorter chains of sugars called polysaccharides. Alpha-amylase is industrially produced by a bacterium, usually Bacillus sp. It is purified and then shipped to HFCS manufacturers. Next, an enzyme called glucoamylase breaks the sugar chains down even further to yield the simple sugar glucose. Unlike alpha-amylase, glucoamylase is produced by Aspergillus, a fungus, in a fermentation vat. The third enzyme, glucose-isomerase, converts glucose to a mixture of about 42 percent fructose and 50-52 percent glucose with some other sugars mixed in. While alpha-amylase and glucoamylase are added directly to the slurry, pricey glucose-isomerase is packed into columns and the sugar mixture is then passed over it. Inexpensive alpha-amylase and glucoamylase are used only once, glucose-isomerase is reused until it loses most of its activity. Studies with two groups of rats, one given high amounts of glucose and one given high amounts of fructose. The glucose group was unaffected. The fructose group male rats did not reach adulthood and the female rats were unable to produce live young. They had anemia, high cholesterol and heart hypertrophy-that means that their hearts enlarged until they exploded. They also had delayed testicular development. Dr. Field explains that fructose in combination with copper deficiency in the growing animal interferes with collagen production. In a nutshell, the little bodies of the rats just fell apart. The livers of the rats on the high fructose diet looked like the livers of alcoholics, plugged with fat and cirrhotic." HFCS contains more fructose than sugar and this fructose is more immediately available because it is not bound up in sucrose. Unfortunately HFCS is used in many products aimed at children. There are many who use honey instead of table sugar, thinking that it's better for them. How many people know that High Fructose Corn Syrup stops your brain from getting the signal that you're full even after you've consumed your daily allowance, one of the reason is because your body doesn't "see" the fructose when you ingest it. If you keep wanting to eat any food after you've already eaten you daily portion or you want to eaten more than the amount that can fit in both of your open hands in one sitting, there is something wrong with what your eating. You can tell if you have pure, raw honey by whether it burns at 140 degrees. If it burns, it's not real honey. Of course, the force-produced honey is cheaper than raw honey, but if you are like many people who want to avoid high fructose corn syrup, you won't want that bottle of "honey".
Melasus (sic) was first seen in print in 1582 in a Portuguese book heralding the conquest of the West Indies. In Latin mel means honey. Molasses was exported to the U.S. from the West Indies to make rum. Molasses was the most popular sweetener in the United States until the 1880's. It was much cheaper than refined sugar at that time. Refined sugar prices dropped drastically after World War I. This resulted in the migration of consumers from molasses to white sugar crystals and by 1919 most Americans completely switching from molasses to granulated white and brown sugar. Home made type molasses should not be confused with the mass produced sugar cane rejected molasses that have dangerous chemicals like sulphur added to them. The color of raw sugar is a yellow to brown color. Sulfur dioxide is bubbled through the cane juice before evaporation to bleach it. Sulphur dioxide is a chemical compound of sulphur and oxygen to form antioxidant properties. It is one of the most common groups of additives used to prevent foods changing color or flavor when they are exposed to the oxygen in the air. These foods normally darken when they are exposed to air after being cut, bruised, or allowed to overmature. Examples of these foods include fruits and vegetables containing certain enzymes such as apples, apricots, bananas, cherries, peaches, pears and potatoes. Exposure to sulphur dioxide results in respiratory tract irritation such as sneezing, cough, dyspnea, and pulmonary edema when inhaled. This is just one of the many dangerous chemical that can be added to molasses so the bottom line is to know where and how your molasses is made.
|Total Weight:||113.40 g|
|Size||Half cup/4 oz.|
|Insoluble Fiber||2.84 g|
|Total Calories||445.72 g|
|Calories (Fat)||0.12 g|
|Calories (Saturated Fat)||0 g|
|Total Fat||0.36 g|
|riboflavin – B2||0.64 g|
|Niacin – B3||0.8 g|
Store the evaporated cane juice in a tightly sealed container and keep it in a cool and dry place. If you plan to buy in bulk and store it you should choose cane syrup which is evaporated instead of regular cane juice and keep it free from contamination.
Cane Juice Health Benefits
- It helps with sore throat, cold and flu.
- The alkaline nature of sugarcane juice helps to prevent deadly breast and prostate cancers.
- Sugar cane juice is recommended when exposed to prolonged heat and physical activity.
- It’s rich in carbohydrates which refreshes and energizes the body.
- It helps in the smooth functioning of your kidneys and keeps the urinary flow clear.
- It helps when recovering from jaundice.
- Sugar cane juice nutrients are beneficial for the smooth functioning of the brain, heart and sex organs.
A machine grinds the cane to shreds it into pieces while hot water is sprayed onto the sugarcane to dissolve any remaining hard sugar. The shredded pieces of sugarcane are transported on a conveyer belt through a series of rollers to extract the juice from the pulp. The raw juice then goes through the mill where carbon dioxide and the milk of a lime are added to the liquid sugar mixture to thicken impurities so they settle out and are easily remove. The juice is then boiled. When the carbon dioxide travels through the liquid it forms calcium carbonate, which attracts and pulls away non-sugar debris from the sugar juice. Sodium hydrogen sulphate is added at the final stages of boiling to releases sulphur dioxide into the juice and lightens the color of the final product. This high sulphur content remains in the final product. The juice is then filters several times to remove any remaining impurities. The clears juice that is left is then boils at a low temperature and the evaporation resulting from heating leaves thick, brown syrup. Crystallization takes place as the rest of the liquid evaporates and then the pulverized sugar is fed into a sterilized vacuum pan.
The thick mass of large crystals resulting from the mixture is then sent to a centrifuge to spin and dry the crystals. After it's dried it is called raw sugar and this is what's used to make sugar and molasses. This raw sugar still needs to be purified to remove non-sugars that is still present in the sugar, which includes molasses and minerals. Raw sugar is mixed with sugar and water to loosen the molasses to produce magma. Machines are used to spin the magma to separate the molasses from the crystals. Crystals are promptly washed, dissolved and filtered to remove impurities. The golden syrup which is produced is then sent through filters to remove the color and water. What's left is concentrated, clear syrup, which is again fed into a vacuum pan. This first round molasses is a light molasses which is the sweetest. The process is repeated to produce dark molasses and then repeated a third time to produce Blackstrap molasses.
Screens are used to separate the different sized sugar crystals after the last evaporation and drying process is finished and then the crystals are packaged and labeled as white, refined, sugar.
Email Hype that Lead to my Research on Cinnamon and Honey Above
Honey is the only food on the planet that will not spoil or rot. It will do what some call turning to sugar. In reality honey is always honey. However, when left in a cool dark place for a long time it will do what I rather call "crystallizing". When this happens I loosen the lid, boil some water, and sit the honey container in the hot water, turn off the heat and let it liquefy. It is then as good as it ever was. Never boil honey or put it in a microwave. To do so will kill the enzymes in the honey. Cinnamon and Honey Bet the drug companies won't like this one getting around. Facts on Honey and Cinnamon: It is found that a mixture of honey and Cinnamon cures most diseases.. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also accept honey as a 'Ram Ban' (very effective) medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without any side effects for any kind of diseases. Today's science says that even though honey is sweet, if taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm diabetic patients. Weekly World News, a magazine in Canada , in its issue dated 17 January,1995 has given the following list of diseases that can be cured by honey and cinnamon as researched by western scientists: HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on bread, instead of jelly and jam, and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack, and also those who have already had an attack. If they do this process daily, they are kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as you age, the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and veins. ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients may take daily, morning and night, one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder.. If taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week, out of the 200 people so treated, practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain, and within a month, mostly all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis started walking without pain. CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water, given to a cholesterol patient, were found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, if taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol is cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol. COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and clear the sinuses.. UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from the root. GAS: According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that if Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas. IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacterial and viral diseases. INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals. INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ' Ingredient' which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu….. LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Take four spoons of honey, one spoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of water and boil to make like tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans also increase and even a 100 year old, starts performing the chores of a 20-year-old. PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water. If done daily for two weeks, it removes pimples from the root. SKIN INFECTIONS: Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts ot he skin cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections. WEIGHT LOSS: Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. If taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet. CANCER: Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder for one month three times a day. FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens, who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts, are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M. when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, increases the vitality of the body within a week. BAD BREATH: People of South America, first thing in the morning, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water, so their breath stays fresh throughout the day. HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing. Remember when we were kids? We had toast with real butter and cinnamon sprinkled on it! BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder.