In the early 1990’s, we were introduced to energy gels. These gels are meant to be consumed right before a rugged endurance event, like a marathon, to help supply you with the carbohydrates and energy you need.
While many people were astounded to realize that such a little packet of sugar could give them enough carbohydrates to finish a race, some of us weren’t surprised. Raw honey has been used for centuries as an energy booster, and even today, raw honey is far better for you than these sugary energy gels.
Carbohydrates: Energy Boosters
Raw honey is extremely high in carbohydrates. In fact, while 17% of honey is water, nearly 82% is made up of carbohydrates! Fructose and glucose are the primary carbohydrates found in honey and are easily absorbed, providing you with the energy you need to carry on with your run.
Fructose is absorbed more slowly than glucose, making it ideal for long distances. Glucose, on the other hand, is absorbed quickly which can give you a quick boost of energy at the beginning of your run. Together, these carbohydrates work to sustain you for miles. Raw honey is so good at providing energy that it has actually saved lives on Mt. Kilimanjaro.
DIY: Raw Honey Energy Drink
Here at Aseda, we sell raw honey energy packets for you to consume on the go. But another great way to get the energy-boosting benefits of raw honey is to make your own energy drink with raw honey as the primary ingredient. Here’s how you do it:
First, mix together one-quarter of a cup of lemon or lime juice and two cups of water. All that’s left to do is add one or two tablespoons of Aseda raw honey to the mixture and stir until it dissolves. This will leave you with a healthy energy drink that is full of vitamins, minerals, and all the carbohydrates you need.