When you think of Halloween, what comes to mind? Are you thinking of a favorite costume that triggers some nostalgia? Perhaps you envision pumpkin carving and black cats, autumn leaves and bobbing for apples. With all those seasonal imaginings in place, it is still true that the thing most associated with Halloween is sugar. According to market research, about 4% of this country’s annual candy consumption occurs on Halloween. Almost every child in the US will have candy on Halloween, and about half of the adults will eat some.
Let’s face it – sugar tastes good. It has mass appeal for that very reason. But the over consumption of sugar has been connected to diabetes, obesity, hypertension and liver toxicity. The answer seems to be that moderation is critical to our health, and that saying “no” to sugar is the only way to avoid its ill effects.
Wouldn’t it be great if there was a sweetener out there that helped to reduce the risk of heart disease?
What if there was a sweetener that possessed anti-bacterial properties – containing enzymes that help fight infection?
Would we be dreaming if we imagined a sweet tasting substance that reduced the risk of ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders?
This miracle substance does exist. It goes by the name of honey. The above is not a short wish list, but part of a long list of the ways in which honey can aid your health, rather than hurting it. And at Kate’s Real Food, we know about honey. Honey is what binds our line of handmade, organic energy bars together. It acts as a natural preservative. Archaeologists have reportedly found jars of two thousand year old honey stashed away in Egyptian tombs, still good enough to eat.
This Halloween, celebrate like you always do. By all means, tear it up. But over the long term, consider honey as the go-to sweetener for those moments when the craving cannot be suppressed. Eat a Kate’s bar and know that you are doing something good for yourself.