Have you just been using sugar to sweeten your caffeinated beverage this entire time? Did you know you can use honey to take your drinking experience to the next level? Honey even has a few health benefits and it’s been revered by civilizations for millennia!
People have been using honey as far back as 8,000 years (and probably even earlier)! However, it is not documented who was the first person to use honey to sweeten their coffee. But considering people enjoy many flavors in their coffee now like, salt, cinnamon, and even nitrogen to change the flavor of their coffee, it’s not hard to see how someone thought of the idea of using honey. Honey was used in ancient Egypt extensively by both the wealthy and the poor to sweeten and moisten their food. So you can imagine how far back it was probably in use before it made it to Egypt.
Is Honey A Healthy Choice For A Sweetener?
Absolutely! Honey has been used by many cultures in the past for it’s health benefits. The Mayo Clinic, has a full article on honey’s health benefits, here are a few things honey can provide aid against:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Gastrointestinal disease
- Neurological disease
- Wound care
Not to mention, honey can never go bad!
Honey Vs Sugar
The biggest negative for honey is that it is more calorically dense then sugar, meaning it has more calories per equal parts in weight. A teaspoon of honey has 21 calories while sugar only has 12. However, even if you switched all your sugar intake to honey, and had 2 cups of coffee a day with a single serving of honey, it would only add up to 126 extra calories per week, which will hardly impact your weight. This is of course, with moderation. You can always have too much of something, even honey.
Honey Is Antibacterial
Honey literally can’t go bad, all foods sold in stores need an expiry date, so that’s why there is a finite amount of time on your store bought honey. However, honey can’t go bad, so the expiry date on your bottles of honey is just for show. Make sure the product is all natural, and only honey, and you’re good to go! It is antibacterial, bacteria actually can’t survive in it at all!
Honey Is High In Antioxidants
Antioxidants help fight against heart disease, cancer, and more! Honey and coffee for that matter are both high in antioxidants, this will help to keep your body healthy! If you’re like us you probably have coffee every day, so having a serving of honey every day will keep you healthy!
Honey Is Loaded With Vitamins & Minerals
More vitamins and minerals is always a good thing, thankfully, honey has both
! Honey is rich in:
- Vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and C)
- Minerals (calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, sulfur, sodium chlorine, and magnesium)
How Do I Make Coffee With Honey?
Any kind of honey will work with any kind of coffee, however, we recommend honey that is more liquid, so you can pour it to your coffee rather than having to spoon it in. Make your standard cup of coffee as you normally would, then just add a teaspoon of honey, if it’s sweet enough then your good to go, if not, just keep adding it until your satisfied.
Keep track of how much honey you prefer with your coffee so the next time you add it, it will be even easier!
Their is regular and raw honey, both of these types of honey will work, and they both give the same health benefits. It’s best to explore your options so you know which you prefer!
Different Types Of Honey
If you get really into it, you can find honey made from a lot of different flowers! Specific honey varieties may be only found in specialty, or health food stores (and they’re probably more expensive), but the option is there!