December 18, 2012

National I Love Honey Day

“Oh, I wouldn't climb this tree / If a Pooh flew like a bee / But I wouldn't be a bear then / So I guess I wouldn't care then / Bears love honey and I'm a Pooh bear." - A.A. Milne

It's National I Love Honey Day!
(Please note: I don't know if this is actually a "real" food holiday, but I'm celebrating it anyway!)

Sponsored byBee Free Honee

I believe a chubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff is celebrating today more than any other willy nilly silly old bear.

Honey is one of the first foods I remember eating. My grandmother used to give us a spoonful whenever our throats hurt or we had tummy aches. The older I got, the more I realized what other incredible health benefits it had. Did you know honey has a natural calming effect, helps with respiratory issues, can heal chapped lips, and is even good on acne, burns, and small cuts because it's an antiseptic? Pretty powerful stuff.

Interestingly enough, honey is a very controversial food in the vegan world. Some vegans are strongly against eating it - after all, the bees are creating honey for themselves. Humans take it away, which is acting in a cruel, selfish, and exploitative manner. Other vegans believe insects don't feel emotional or physical pain the way other animals do. And, bees naturally make honey - it's not something they're being forced to do (like dairy cows who are constantly impregnated for their milk).

Where do you stand?

The great thing about the age we live in is that there are plenty of honey substitutes for people who want to celebrate today, but without using the real stuff... like Bee Free Honee, which is vegan, and safe for both children (because there's no risk of botulism) and those with allergies. It was created by Katie Sanchez on accident. One day in 1999, she was attempting to make a less sweet version of apple jelly, and the result was something much more thick. Years later, she's reproduced and now selling her "honee" which is made from U.S. apples.

My thoughts? It's better than the best bee-based honey I've ever had in my life. Without a doubt, it's one of the top three most incredible new products I discovered while eating the year this year. Bee Free Honee has the same consistency and mellow sweetness that traditional honey does, but in my opinion it tastes even better (then again, I'm obsessed with all things apple, so maybe I'm biased). Unless you're really searching for it, you don't taste apple upfront, but when you do notice that quiet flavor note melting in your mouth it's really a breath of fresh autumn air. If you're going to try any of the products I recommended this year... make it this one.

Happy National I Love Honey Day!

Disclaimer: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer. Opinions expressed are totally my own and are NOT in anyway influenced by monetary compensation. Logo used with permission of company.