Benefit for Your Body: Honey is often touted as a cure-all for everything from burns (put raw honey on a burn as soon as possible to speed healing) to cuts and scrapes (honey’s natural antiseptic properties allow it to work a bit like hydrogen peroxide). And research by food scientists at the University of Illinois found that honey, especially dark honey, slowed the action of LDL “bad” cholesterol in test-tube studies. Buckwheat honey seemed to have the biggest effect.
Planetary Perk: Want to be a devoted locavore? Make honey your sole sweetener. Every region in the United States can support its own local honey industry, which means you aren’t spewing greenhouse gases or burning fossil fuels to truck sugar, agave, and other popular sweeteners to your doorstep from the tropical climates in which they grow.
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