Honey is fatless, fast absorbing source for sustained energy. Besides energy, honey provides vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids. Honey is a easy and delicious addition to healthy and well-balanced diet: drizzle it onto protein quark or blend it into a smoothie.
Honey is a perfect ingredient for a natural, effective, additive-free sport drink. As an ingredient in sports drinks, honey helps to keep the blood glucose level stable during exercise, which is key for good performance and lasting endurance. In practical tests honey-infused sports drinks have resulted less stomach problems when compared to commercial sport drinks. Stomach problems are common in long endurance sports like marathons.
Honey works so well in sport drinks because it has several kinds of carbohydrates. The main ones are glucose and fructose. Glucose is absorbs fast into blood and it gives instant energy. Fructose absorbs much slower and keeps the blood sugar at the right level for sustained periods. Commercial sports drinks are actually mimicking honey’s naturally-occurring carbohydrate structures within their own products, but when a sports drink is made from honey there is the added benefit of no additives or artificial colors.
The minerals in honey speed up recovery from a workout
During a workout, lots of minerals are lost with sweat. These vital nutrients must be replaced during and after the workout to prevent muscle cramps. Honey has several minerals including potassium, phosphorus and magnesium, yet another reason why honey is an excellent addition to sports drinks. And while honey is rich in minerals, it also does require the addition of little bit of ordinary table salt to optimize the sport drink’s effectiveness. The table salt adds sodium, which honey does not supply in sufficient amounts for the purposes of this drink. Salt also doubles as a thirst trigger, helping ensure that the sports drink is fully consumed and enough lost water is replaced.
- 2 full tablespoons of Voi hyvin honey
- 0,3 dl freshly squeezed lemon juice (or same from concentrate)
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- 9 dl water
Mix honey and lemon juice, add water and salt.
Nutritional content / 1 dl
energy 23 kcal; carbohydrates 6,5 g; sodium 27 mg; potassium 32 mg