Use this Beebi Hill honey to try this Honey and Thyme Carrots Dish
- 1kg carrots
- 25g butter
- 2 tbsp clear honey
- 2 tbsp of thyme
- STEP 1
Tip the carrots into a wide shallow pan so they are no more than a double layer. Add the butter, honey, and about 500ml or 2cm of water, the thyme, and a pinch of salt. Partly cover with a lid, turn the heat up high and boil everything down until the carrots are tender, cooked through, and sticky with honey. If they aren’t tender enough by the time the water has evaporated, add a splash more. Once glazed, turn them over in the sticky juices and serve, with extra thyme on top.
In its raw form, honey consists of amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and sugar. It has a high fructose content, making it sweeter than sugar but with a moderate glycaemic index (GI).
Figures per 1 tablespoon (20g) of honey:
• 58kcal / 246KJ
• 15.3g carbohydrates
• 15.4g sugars
• 0.1g protein
• 0g fat
Is honey a healthy choice?
The health benefits of honey depend on its processing as well as the quality of the flowers the bees collect from. Raw honey has not been heated, pasteurised, clarified or filtered in any way, and this form typically retains more of the health-promoting nutrients that can be lost to standard processing methods.
Honey has been used topically as an antiseptic for years. It is believed to speed up the healing process in mild, superficial wounds, ulcers and burns. Because honey is composed mainly of glucose and fructose, two sugars that strongly attract water, honey absorbs water in the wound, drying it out so that the growth of bacteria and fungi is inhibited.
Honey, particularly the darker varieties, is a rich source of chemical compounds such as flavonoids. Flavonoids have been reported to have antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic properties. Due to the flavonoid content, some view honey as a healthier alternative to sugar and a source of antioxidants.
However, although honey has a lower GI than table sugar, it is still high in calories and causes increases in blood sugar so should be consumed in moderation.
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