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Health Packaged Food

This ‘Dream Honey’ Is Made To Help You Sleep

In May 2020, Sleep Standards conducted a survey with 1,015 respondents in the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 70 on their sleep habits during lockdown. The results have found that a whopping 98% of Americans have developed new sleep problems post lockdown. Further, 68% feel stress or find it hard to sleep during these times.

Though the high percentages of those that have trouble sleeping are quite startling, the current state of the world and the anxieties brought on by it come as no surprise. Simply put, we need help to fall and stay asleep.

Enter Potli’s new ‘Dream Honey’, designed with a special formula that includes CBN, CBD, and either melatonin or THC to promote deep, restful sleep. The effectiveness of the honey lies in CBN, a minor cannabinoid known to inhibit optimized sleep. The raw honey itself is from wildflower and harvested from their own proprietary bee hives. For specifics, 120mg of CBN and 6mg of melatonin are in there to help you fall asleep, while 60mg of CBD help you stay asleep.

I tried the ‘Dream Honey’ myself, given my own struggles with sleeping and I found it to be beneficial in what seemed like a rejuvenating night’s worth of sleep. It’s been a long while since I’ve felt that, making me a believer in the honey’s abilities.

Shop ‘Dream Honey’ on Potli.com now, with a 4oz jar of hemp-derived honey priced at $32 and a 4oz jar of cannabis-derived honey going for $40.

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Grocery Health Packaged Food

A Beginner’s Guide To Honey, One Of The World’s Oldest And ‘Immortal’ Foods

There are not many food products out there that can give you a full spectrum of satisfaction across the board the way honey can. Being one of the oldest foods in the world with an endless shelf life, there is almost nothing this sweet ingredient cannot deliver.

Honey is like the audacious woman you encounter in your early twenties that shows you what wild abandon feels like. The woman you let slip through your fingers, reminiscing in your old age about her wild nature that once made you feel so alive. She is the old soul you meet with stars in her eyes hidden deep under veils of darkness at a blues club, her face lit by candlelight, her voice speaking of careless adventures of freedom from her youth.

In this same way, honey touches our souls; dancing on our taste buds with rapture and filling our bellies with warm golden fulfillment.

There is a reason we call honey nectar of the Gods. Honey bees have been around for 158 million years. We have artwork of honey etched in ancient Egyptian pyramids being offered to the Gods, our Bibles have scripture describing lands being rich and “…flowing of milk and honey…,” and we have artists’ paintings of honey in Spain thousands of years old. Due to the acidic nature, pH balance, and low water content, this liquid gold is the only food on our planet without an expiration date. Quite literally, this food is immortal.

Before we can appreciate every sensory experience honey has to offer, we should look at how this untouchable King of ingredient is created. Honey bees are marvelous creatures that work tirelessly their whole lives to bring us this wonderful sweetener. The process is less than glamorous but is a testament to its vitality. It takes more than 5,000 flower visits from honey bees to produce one teaspoon of honey. A honey bee will take nectar from a fruit or flower and store it in their tummies to carry back to their hive. Bees have digestive enzymes in their stomachs that break down the nectars complex chemical makeup. Bees will pass the nectar from stomach to stomach through the mouth so more and more enzymes can break down the nectar into a simple sugar like glucose. Nectar at this point becomes liquid and is stored in a cell of the comb. With their wings, bees will lower the temperature to cool the nectar and evaporate any water content, thickening it into honey. Beeswax is used to cover the cell and store it.

Not only is honey nature’s healthiest sweetener, it’s one of the best antibiotics in the world. Honey in its rawest form contains active probiotics that can break down bad bacteria in our gut allowing our bodies pH balance to neutralize. The bacteria in honey breaks down the blood sugar spiking fructose, thus minimizing its absorption by the body and lowering our blood sugar levels. It is known to soothe sore throats and ward off illness when taken daily. Most medicines we associate as pharmaceutical, however, with honey, it’s medicinal properties are only a small part of its talents.

Honey can be used in almost anything needing a little extra sweetness. You can glaze meats like ham or beef, marinate your chicken breast, ornament a rack of lamb or honey-cured ribs. For those of us watching our waistline, honey can sweeten any healthy meal, snack or beverage like oatmeal, toast and breakfast bars, or plain yogurt with active cultures. Honey can also be added to things like ice cream for a light healthy alternative to this dessert. Honey’s smooth squirtable texture makes it easy to spread or squeeze onto any dish, making simple meals instantaneously luscious and rich with gold.

Sales have gone up in recent years due to its popularity, and the ongoing fight to save the bees. Buying jars can fund farmers research to stop colony collapse, a growing concern in our country. Check out the National Honey Locator to find out where you can purchase locally.


Warm up this winter with Manuka hot gin punch.

Comvita’s honey is traceable from hive to shelf, each BPA-free jar of creamed Comvita Manuka Honey is non-GMO, Halal, Kosher certified, and always measured against UMF standards to ensure quality.

You’ll Need:

  • 3 teacups of gin
  • 3 teacups of Madeira wine
  • 3 cloves
  • Pinch of grated nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. of cinnamon powder
  • 4 tbs. Manuka Honey UMF 5+
  • 6 large lemon and orange twists
  • 1 slice of orange
  • 3 large chunks of pineapple
  • Juice of 2 lemons

Directions:

Mix all the ingredients in a saucepan and place on a low heat for 20 minutes without allowing the mixture to boil. Taste and add more honey or lemon if you feel the balance of sweet and sour needs tweaking. Cook for a further 10 minutes before pouring into a teapot and serving hot.

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Article by Meghan A. Shaw for Sauté Magazine. Read the original article here

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Grocery Health

A Beginner’s Guide To Understanding Manuka Honey

Photo: So Delicious

Maybe you’ve seen it mentioned around the internet but never had a chance to find out what its deal is. Well, we’ve researched manuka honey a little and here is what we found out.

Sweet and healthier than other types of honey? All signs point to yes as of now when it comes to Manuka honey. It’s a type that’s rare and special, produced exclusively in New Zealand, and made entirely from the Manuka plant, a local flower that lends its properties to the honey.

So why is it so rare? Well, the answer lies in the fact that it’s only produced in New Zealand and can only be made for a few weeks a year, the time when the manuka plant is in flower. And the whole process depends a lot on the conditions like the weather and how much nectar is produced. For all of those reasons, Manuka honey can also be pretty expensive. One jar of 8.8 oz can cost way over $60.

Manuka Honey. What Is It Actually Good For?
Manuka honey is made entirely from the Manuka plant, a local flower.

Why is it so great though? Well, the answer lies in this compound called Methylglyoxal or MGO, which is naturally occurring and the special ingredient that gives this type of honey its most interesting benefits. The riper the honey, the higher the MGO content in it. The packaging has to state how much MGO is in the honey – the higher, the better.

Manuka honey health benefits

So, what are the applications of this Kiwi product? Many people use it as a natural boost of their immune system and energy. This makes it perfect for winter time when rates of seasonal affective disorder are going way up, but also most people’s energy tends to go down.

If you’ve made it this far and want to know the specific health benefits of Manuka honey, we’re definitely going to help you with that.

First of all, it’s an excellent nutritional supplement, loaded with amino acids, enzymes, B vitamins like thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5) and also B6. There are also amino acids like proline, tyrosine, lysine and many others. But the mineral content is also pretty good, with calcium, phosphorus, ironzinc, copper, sodium, potassium, magnesium, and manganese all present there.

Thanks to all of these, Manuka honey relieves gastritis symptoms caused by bacterial infections or excessive alcohol consumption. It also prevents and repairs damage to the colon damaged by chronic Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

Manuka Honey. What Is It Actually Good For?
Manuka honey can be used both for its health benefits and its beauty benefits.

Because Manuka honey helps boost your immunity, it tends to also protect you from being plagued by the common cold and the flu during the cold season. But if you do catch a bad cold, you can use the honey to alleviate bad coughing. It also helps with chronic sinusitis thanks to its antibacterial compounds. For the same reason, the honey can also fight plaque and promote good dental health, even if it is pretty rich in sugar.

Manuka honey beauty benefits

If you are into homemade beauty products, you can really use Manuka honey as a facial cleanser and toner. Make it into a face mask as well. It helps resolve cases of rosacea because it helps clear out the pores and also reduces pore size. It helps make your hair more beautiful and clear up dandruff on the scalp. You can also use it as a hair mask to minimize freeze and keep your hair stronger. It’s even more effective than regular honey in the helping with the healing of wounds and burns, calms down eczema and hives.

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Article by Ruxandra Grecu from So Delicious. View the original article here.

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Fast Food What's New

KFC Tests A Sweeter Honey Version Of Their HOT CHICKEN

Last year, Kentucky Fried Chicken released their variation of Nashville Hot Chicken and we were shocked at how good it was. Unfortunately, the Georgia Gold Chicken that followed wasn’t as great. Now, it looks like the house that secret herbs and spices built is adding another variation of hot chicken to their menu.

KFC announced that they’re testing a new flavor called Hot Honey Chicken at select locations in the East Coast.

The extra crispy chicken blends golden honey with mild peppers to create a Honey Hot sauce that marries the sensations of sweet and spicy. Patrons can get the chicken on Extra Crispy Tenders, Chicken Littles, and Extra Crispy Chicken.

Those looking to try the new flavor can expect them at select restaurants in the Norfolk, VA, and New York state areas.

If it’s anything like the Nashville Hot Chicken, we pray they make a wider release.

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Sweets Video

Watch How Honey Is Made

Honey is such a versatile ingredient. We throw it in our tea, we use it in baking, we even throw it on our desserts. The nectar that comes from bees is one of the most iconic foods around, dating back millennia to early humans foraging for the sweet natural substance.

We found ourselves drawn to another Discovery/Science Channel segment on the captivating process on manufacturing honey in bulk.

The video takes us through the journey of honey from bees drawing nectar from flowers and honeycomb creation. Beekeepers maintain their bees until the honeycombs are filled and ready to be removed. They’re then taken into the factory and scrapped and spun until the honey is separated from the honey combs.

Some factories even package honeycombs as is for consumers to eat.

Check out the video to see the fascinating process behind honey. The next time you douse your oven-fresh biscuit in the golden manna, take a minute to appreciate where it came from. Then, you have our permission to bite.

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Cravings Culture Fast Food

McDonald’s Sweet New Fries Are Topped With Honey & Black Sesame

We’ll try any new McDonald’s item at least once. Gotta give it that fair shake, right?

McDonald’s Japan is tapping into the French fry audience with new “college potato” fries called daigaku imo French fries, reports Rocket News 24.

The fast food chain drew inspiration from a classic Japanese comfort dish, daigaku imo (college potato), a sweet potato snack that is paired with a sweet sauce. Legend has it, the snack got its name from poor college students seeking a cheap way to satiate their hunger pangs.

McDonald’s new fries are topped with a thick honey sesame sauce and topped with black sesame seeds. Paired with the saltiness of the fries, this could be a killer addition.

You can find the new fries at participating McDonald’s locations in Japan beginning Feb. 15, where they’ll be on the menu for a limited time.

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Hit-Or-Miss Video

Watch A Red Hot Nickel Turn A Lollipop Into A Chaotic, Melting Mess

There seems to be a correlation between the public’s fascination with spicy foods and the act of pouring scalding hot liquid metal onto food. Whether it be crushing a few coffin cases of deathly hot Carolina Reaper Pepper infused Paqui Chips, or simply dumping molten copper on top of every food item imaginable — it seems experiments are always better when the heat is turned up.

For example, check out how this red hot nickel ball quickly turns this Tootsie Pop into a hot, melty mess in less than a minute.

This video is just one of many food-based stunts performed by the crazy kids on the CarsandWater YouTube channel. But, believe it or not, this experiment finally put to rest the confounding question of, “How many red hot nickel balls does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop,” asked by dozens of Cars and Water subscribers.

Now we know the answer. One.

Most of the Cars and Water videos involve red hot nickel balls — or RHNBs — and you should definitely not try these at home. Still, Cars and Water might actually be onto something with this RHNB theme.

Here’s some GIFs of more RHNBs melting through various food based items.

A RHNB vs. Cotton candy.

A RHNB set atop some liquid nitrogen frozen honey.

A RHNB stacked on some Oreos. Oreos were not playin’!

This experiment didn’t include a RHNB, but what’s cooler than a liquid nitrogen fueled potato gun? No pun intended.

And the best experiment of all — using a RHNB to obliterate some Peeps.

Have something in mind that you’d like to see placed against a red hot nickel ball? Leave a comment on the Cars and Water YouTube channel and see what can take the heat.

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Culture Health News Sweets Video

This Hallucinogenic Honey Has People Risking Their Lives To Get Some

The Himalayan honeybee is the largest bee in the world, twice as large as any bee in America. What’s special about the bee, other than it’s size and unpleasant sting, is the honey that it produces: a rare, hallucinogenic nectar that people pay hundreds per pound for.

National Geographic’s second Explorer episode focuses on a man in Nepal who is one of the last hunters of this honey. A team of filmmakers journey to the other side of the world to follow this man as he collects Himalayan bee honey.

The honey contains a toxin collected from the rhododendron flower that can get you blitzed, making it a highly sought after commodity in the black market. You can purchase the nectar for $166 a pound if you know where to look.

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Effects of the honey include dizziness, nausea, diarrhea, loss of consciousness, and flatlining. However, if you can push past all those factors, the honey will also alter your mental state, give you hallucinations, and improve your sexual performance.

In ancient times, according to NatGeo, the honey was used as a weapon. Soldiers were tricked into eating it to turn the tides of wars.

To collect the precious nectar, Honey Hunters take a bamboo rope ladder, dangle 300 feet above the ground over the edge of a cliff, and risk the stings of gargantuan Himalayan honeybees just to harvest the hallucinogenic honey.

Check out the video to see the team brave serious heights just to get some of the mind-altering honey.