Regular exercise is one of the key components in a healthy lifestyle for children and adults. It is no secret that the more active you are, the more fuel or energy you need. What you may not know is that honey is an important source of natural food energy—on its own or combined with other healthy foods. At just 64 calories and 17 grams of carbohydrates per tablespoon, honey is an excellent source of carbohydrates as well as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The benefits of honey go beyond natural energy and great taste. Researchers are also finding that consuming honey may help increase endurance and reduce muscle fatigue following a workout.
Experts in sports nutrition have found honey may be one of the most effective forms of carbohydrate to ingest just prior to exercise since it is easily digested and released into the body at a steady rate for use during exercise. And the benefits of honey go beyond energy during activity. Research has also shown that consuming honey after a workout helps muscles to recuperate.