I'm a runner and when I do long runs (6+ miles) I prefer a little honey to other commercial energy products (like Gu) when I need to recharge. I wouldn't use it before a run or other hard workout, though.
Thank you for the info. I used to help a fellow move his bee colonies around to different agricultural crops and even into the mountains of Arizona during the winter months. Of course he had a different outlook on honey. He did however produce about 20 barrels of honey yearly and shipped it from Phoenix to Sioux Bee Honey in Sioux City, Iowa to be processed and sold as clover honey. Never saw any clover in Arizona.
It's probably the waffles that are doing the most good there...LOL
Honey: Most honey on the grocer's shelves is heated, refined, filtered and produced by bees that get shipped around bought and sold from this area to the other and they get into all kinds of toxic sprays and GMO crops. Poor bees, sad bees, honey devoid of all minerals, enzymes, phyto-nutrients. It's just syrupy sugar. No good, I won't eat it.
I eat only organic, raw, unfiltered honey in it's hive state. It's as thick as cold olive oil and its flavor will knock your socks off.
That said, it's still sugar and sugar must be consumed sparingly doesn't matter how active you are.
Okay, naturally a very fit, thin, muscular, atheletic person can handle a bit more sugar that the rest of us but still...sugar is sugar and sugar makes us fat. You can Google about why that is; it's interesting.
Just because an item claims "fat free" on the label doesn't mean it won't cause you to store fat.
Honey, that's the subject here. I love honey and the notion that sugar equals energy has fallen out of style. I'm not sure if it really holds true, unless, like I mentioned, you are an athlete who is burning a few thousand calories a day!! Then a little honey might help; who knows?
But the real energy maker is good, healthy fats. I'm just guessing here but I bet an avocado will give more energy for strength and stamina than any amount of sugar.
Honey also has several healing properties when it is taken in its natural form. Bee pollen and propolis being a couple of the biggies. Most of the junky honey at the grocery stores has all that carefully burned and filtered out--wouldn't want any "specks" or "dark things" in your honey, lol. There are folks who swear by a spoonful of natural honey for its health benefits but not, necessarily, just for athletic competition--for all general health.
The best, most healthful honey is from local, (neighborhood) bees who have access to wild and organic nectar and pollen sources. And then, the honey must not be heated or filtered.
That's the way the bears eat it and LOOK at THEM!!
Edited by: ANIDUCK at: 6/7/2010 (16:02)
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