When you’re feeling under the weather, tea with honey is a popular remedy to soothe whatever is ailing you but this is not the only way you can incorporate honey into your diet. Depending on the type of honey you use, it can be a healthy way to sweeten espresso machine beverages (and basically anything else) along with added benefits aside from eliminating regular white sugar from your daily routine. Learn about how you can begin adding honey to your favorite beverages all the time for a better way to enjoy espresso.
Raw Honey vs. Processed Honey
You may have heard all kinds of debates about the differences between raw and processed honey and it can be confusing if you go searching for unfettered information so here’s the main idea before you get started incorporating more honey into your diet. The idea of substituting honey for sugar is that you’ll be eliminating regular table sugar, which can damage your health exponentially over time. White table sugar is usually processed and it’s high glycemic index can be the cause of type two diabetes and other issues that are caused by putting extra stress on the pancreas to filter processed sugars. One of most common ways that many people overuse sugar is by adding it to coffee or espresso machine beverages several times a day. We all do it and we don’t even realize how much sugar we’re actually adding to our daily routine by doing this.
Processed honey, like processed sugar, has a high glycemic index. It may be simpler to find at the store and less expensive than raw honey but substituting processed honey for sugar is the same or worse than using processed sugar all the time. Raw honey is unprocessed and not as popular because it has a different taste than the honey you’re probably used to. However, when used in the right ways and with the right ingredients, raw honey is delicious and has all kinds of health benefits that make it a much safer way to sweeten espresso, other beverages, and foods, especially if you’re adding it to coffee several times a day.
Specific Benefits of Alternative Sweetener
Using honey as an alternative sweetener has several specific health benefits, even though it is known to have a higher caloric value than other alternatives like artificial sugar and stevia. While these alternatives may have less calories, they’re not as vitamin rich or naturally healthy as raw honey. There are several reasons besides vitamin content that you’ll want to choose raw honey over other alternatives to sweeten your espresso machine beverages.
Espresso is already an excellent antioxidant and raw honey is not only another good antioxidant but is also known to be an antifungal and effective disinfectant. You’ll be giving your espresso machine beverages an extra boost to work for you throughout the day, aiding your immune system in fighting off colds and other germs. Raw honey is also said to be an effective pain killer so, along with caffeine, espresso with honey can be the best remedy for a headache when you’re sinuses are irritated or you’re suffering a cold.
Choosing Your Honey
After you make the decision to substitute raw honey for sugar in your espresso machine beverages, you’ll go to the grocery store and notice that there are several choices in the type of raw honey you can purchase. This choice can be overwhelming but that shouldn’t deter you from your decision to use raw honey. Generally speaking, local honey is the best kind of raw honey you can get, not only for it’s health benefits but also because you’ll be supporting local honey farmers but you may not be able to find this at a regular grocery store. You can look for it at a farmers’ market or go directly to the source and find local beekeepers from which to purchase honey. In the grocery store, you should still be able to find raw or wild collected honey on the shelf.
Within the category of “raw honey” there are also different kinds and in the end it’s really a matter of personal preference. Some types are more solid or crystalized because when honey is processed these properties are removed using heat. If the honey is solidified, that doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with it. That’s just how some types of honey become in their natural state. You simply scoop it out and stir it into hot espresso and it will melt and incorporate easily. You will also notice that many varieties of raw honey also have bitterer taste than the processed honey you may be used to and it seems that they won’t be able to sweeten anything. Rest assured, you’ll still have a sweetened beverage when you stir this honey into hot liquid.
Using Honey Around Your Espresso Machine
It is important to realize that you cannot use raw honey inside your espresso machine. Don’t try adding the honey to coffee grounds or putting it into the cup to sweeten milk before you use the steamer wand. The machine parts can get sticky and they’ll be pretty difficult to clean properly, especially if you don’t see accumulation before it happens. If you do happen to get honey on or in your machine, cleaning it right away with hot water can prevent any damage or dirt accumulation before it becomes a problem.
Mixing Other Flavors
Now you’ve learned about raw honey with espresso machine beverages and it’s likely you want to learn more about flavoring your beverages in other healthier ways. Don’t hesitate to get creative and use cinnamon, nutmeg, and other dry spices with your coffee grounds and in your espresso beverage recipes to construct new and delicious hot beverages. You’ll be able to enjoy your favorite treat in a whole new way as well as enjoy the added health benefits of the new ingredients you discover.
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