I’ve been pondering on sweeteners lately. I came to this grand revelation that some are exceptionally wonderful for us, and others are exceptionally bad for us. For the most part, if the sweetener is one God created, it is good for us. And if it is made by man it is generally bad for us. The sweeteners used the very most are all bad for us. That was quite the revelation for me. I had never thought of it in those terms before. Have you? If not, then I hope a little sweet talk will teach you a few things about the good ones, and persuade you to make a greater effort to use and love the sweet stuff God provided.
When the word honey appears in the scriptures it is portrayed as good, and needed. Lehi took it with him on the voyage across the sea. Not just a little honey but an “abundance” of honey. The land Bountiful was named such because of the bounty of fruit and of honey. The land given to the saints as blessing was a land flowing with milk and honey. These are just a few examples. Deseret, honey, and honey bees are mentioned in several other verses. Honey has great value. Science, and the scriputes, and history tell us so. But do we use it and understand its value?
First, we have to compare todays honey to scriptural honey. The greatest difference is that most of our honey today is pasteurized, which is regrettable. Just like raw vegetables, honey is at its nutritional peak if it is raw. If honey is pateurized it is just as unhealthy as sugar. If we buy local, raw honey, then we can begin to see the great value of it.
“Raw honey has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. It promotes body and digestive health, is a powerful antioxidant, strengthens the immune system, eliminates allergies, and is an excellent remedy for skin wounds and all types of infections. Raw honey’s benefits don’t stop there. Raw honey can also stabilize blood pressure, balance sugar levels, relieve pain, calm nerves, and it has been used to treat ulcers. Raw honey is also an expectorant and anti-inflammatory and has been known to effectively treat respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and asthma.
Raw honey purchased from a local source is an excellent way of treating seasonal allergies. Local honey is preferred for treating allergies because the likelihood is great that it will contain small amounts of the specific pollens an individual may be allergic to.” Thus acting like a natural allergy vaccine.
The nutrients that can be found in honey are B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and certain amino acids. Also, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc. Exact amounts vary depending on what pollen sources were used to make the honey. I use honey to treat sore throats, and allergies. I use it in my hair to make it shine. I use it in tea when I’m sick. And I love to eat it! I thank God for the sweet blessing of honey, for the health it brings and nutrients it provides. I thank Him for the joy found in its flavor, and my ability to know that honey is a blessing, and the oppurtunity to eat it shows Gods love for me through my health.
Real Maple Syrup
Do you use real maple syrup? I’m not talking about the infamous Aunt Jemima. I’m talking about the stuff straight from the Maple tree. You should, and here’s why….
I’ve found no scriptural reference talking about maple syrup. However, just like honey our Heavenly Father created it. It has value. It is good for our bodies. Sap is like the life blood of a tree. So, when we consume real maple syrup we are getting all the tremendous benefits and nutrients that pulse through the wonderful Maple tree.
Some of the benefits are evident because of the dominant nutrients maple syrup contains. Specifically, manganese and zinc, which are natural antioxidents.They are good for your immune system, male reproductive systems, and help prevent damage to the heart. Also, there are more than 20 compounds in maple syrup that have been linked to human health. Some of which have properties that are anti-bacterial, anti-cancer, and anti-diabetic. What fabulous benefits! I think I will have a little extra syrup on my pancakes from now on!
I wish I could say I knew more about stevia. But I’ve never used it, so the information I am sharing with you is nothing from experience. Stevia is a plant. The part used as a sweetener is generally the dried, crushed leaves. Stevia is known for its effects on obesity and hypertension. It helps blood glucose and may enhance glucose tolerance. Stevia is great for diabetics.
I see molasses, particularily black strap molasses, as about the only man made sweetener that benefits our health. Molasses comes from sugar cane or sugar beets, just like sugar. It is considered the byproduct of sugar, which is sad, because molasses is the part with all the benefits. Check out this gragh….
Molasses is another sweetener I don’t use much of. But next time I’m feeling a little low on iron I might just add a couple teaspoonfuls to my meal. How about you?
I cahllenge you to change one recipe, change one drink, change one sweetener out and replace it with a healthier one. Get rid of the sugar. Stop using products that contain aspartame and splenda. Your body will thank you.
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