To infuse something means without adding heat, to introduce one ingredient to another to extract flavours, scents, and minerals. There are many kinds of infused honeys; such as cinnamon-infused honey, garlic-infused honey, and ginger-infused honey. The lesser know rosemary-infused honey, turmeric-infused honey, and lavender-infused honey are also included, and all have varied benefits.
So why should one buy infused honey or infuse honey? What benefits are there in infused honey? There are so many benefits with honey, but what could infusing various things do to make it better?
Cinnamon is a very popular spice, second only to black pepper! Loaded with antioxidants, cinnamon can be used as a natural preservative. As well as being high in anti-inflammatory properties, cinnamon can lower blood sugar levels. Cinnamon can even help your immune system fight some bacterial and fungal infections!
Cinnamon is a superfood when it comes to vitamins and minerals – A 15g serving has 19 calories, 0.3 g of protein, 0.1 g of fat, 6.3 g of carbohydrate and 4.1 g of fiber. It contains 78mg of calcium, 1.4mg of manganese, 2.4mg of vitamin K (an essential in blood clotting), and traces of vitamin A!
Garlic is full of nutrients, and contains very few calories! A 30g serving of garlic has approximately 23% manganese, 17% vitamin B6, 15% vitamin C, and 0.6 grams of fiber. There is also other vitamins and minerals such as copper, potassium, phosphorus, iron, and vitamin B1 found in garlic.
It has helped boost the immune systems of those who regularly have garlic in their diet. Garlic (in high doses) has even been effective in relieving symptoms of hypertension or high blood pressure. However, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing…
It is recommended no more than 1 or 2 garlic cloves and 1 tsp. of honey per day. If you eat too much at once you can experience heartburn, diarrhea, vomiting, headache, and more. Keep in mind that these side effects are rare and typically only affect folks who are consuming extremely high amounts of garlic in one day.
Ginger is known and has high value for its anti-inflammatory properties. Unlike prescription and over the counter anti-inflammatories, ginger is safe to ingest – even in large quantities.
Ginger contains many essential nutrients and vitamins such as vitamin B-6, vitamin B-5, and other important minerals such as potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium.
Ginger is especially effective when mixed with boiling water, lemon juice, and honey as a natural cough remedy. It can also be a delightful addition to any dish, especially curries and stews. Clearly, whether you want ginger-infused honey or not; this is a root not to be missed out on!
Rosemary is also a natural anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-fungal, and antiseptic. Used in many dishes, this herb is can flavour, soups, salads and baked dishes; and pairs especially well with tomatoes, potatoes, aubergines, and zucchinis.
Rosemary is rich in vitamin B-complex, and contains high levels of folates. This herb is high in vitamin A, essential for good visual health. It also is a good source of vitamin C, potassium, calcium, manganese, copper, and magnesium. Rosemary is also an excellent source of iron, containing around 6.65 mg/ 100 g of fresh leaves (about 83% of RDA).
A famously yellow spice, sometimes used as a natural dye for clothing, Turmeric is the exotic root that you never knew you needed! When used correctly with cooking, it imparts rich, deep and distinctive flavours, colours and fragrances.
Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory, and has many anti-flatulent and anti-microbial properties. Nutritionally, the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) 100 g of turmeric provides 53% of dietary fiber, 138 % of vitamin B-6, 32% of niacin, 43 % of vitamin C, 21 % of vitamin E, 54 % of potassium, 517 % of iron, 340 % of manganese and 40 % of zinc. All that is required is a few grams a day!
The lavender plant, an unassuming but fragrant flower, is an edible herb, one that can add flavour to baked goods, such as cakes.
Lavender contains vitamin A, which is excellent for eye health, and for healthy skin, and the calcium in lavender boosts the strength of your bones helping to combat osteoporosis. Lavender has also been known to ease symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome, and reduce stress and help one fall asleep at night. One serving of 100g of lavender has 2 mg of iron, which is an excellent way to boost the iron levels in your system.
Infused honey is a delicious, healthy natural alternative. Did you learn about the benefits of adding a bit of infused honey to your diet?
Which will you try? Cinnamon–infused honey, garlic-infused honey, ginger-infused honey, rosemary-infused honey, turmeric-infused honey, or lavender-infused honey?
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