The tiny black and yellow insect that we all run away from in the summer is actually the only insect that produces food for humans -- the honey bee! The honey bee extracts nectar using its tongue and stores it in its second stomach. A honey bee will travel to 1500 different flowers before its stomach reaches full capacity, and then carries the weight of its entire body in nectar back to its home base. Lucky for us, we get to benefit from all their hard work! Aside from its delicious flavor, honey also offers us nutritional benefits.

Historically, honey was used for therapeutic purposes and as a source of energy. Today, some studies have suggested that honey may have potential helpful benefits in reducing menopausal symptoms, asthma symptoms, and healing wounds. Additionally, honey is said to have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, but the jury is still out on this.

Try adding honey in place of table sugar. You can use it as a substitute for baking, as a sweetener in your tea, or even at the breakfast table in your oatmeal or plain yogurt. At Fresh Fit Foods, you can find honey in our Oat Bake, Quinoa & Oat porridge, and in the dressing of our Turkey Cobb Salad. Aside from eating it, some people use honey as a cleansing mask! The antioxidant and antimicrobial potential of honey may be the reason for its helpful skin care benefits.