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Honey for Survival

In an emergency situation, the average human can thrive on only the calories and nutrients found in raw unfiltered honey. We calculate consumption of 1 pound per person per day for such a circumstance. Honey is the world's most stable food and has an infinite shelf life, making it perfect for long-term storage. Dark honeys have a higher mineral content and are more nutrient dense. Honey also supports fasting, facilitates weight loss and cleansing, improves digestive function, helps stabilize blood sugar levels, promotes restful sleep, reduces metabolic stress and improves immune system function.

Honey is composed of nearly equal proportions of the simple sugars fructose and glucose, plus small amounts of other sugars, and is about 18% water. Over 180 different substances have been identified in honey, including 5 enzymes, 6 vitamins, 8 lipids, trace amounts of 12 minerals and 17 elements, 18 different acids, 18 amino acids (proteins), 18 bioflavonoids, and 26 aroma compounds. One Tablespoon of honey provides 64 calories. Each Tablespoon of honey contains an average of 8 grams of fructose, the same amount found in one small apple. Fructose is essential for the liver to create and store glucose as glycogen which is the primary source of fuel reserve for the brain.

Ron Fessenden, MD, MPH