What others say about honey
Sugar is an anti-physiological stimulant, a tiring food which profoundly exhausts after the brief over-stimulation that it produces.
It irritates the tissues, and the strength that it produces is only the expression of the attack that it makes on all our organs. It is an irritating and harmful chemical substance.
Honey, with its sugars already combined with mineral salts, with its active diastases, with its vitalised floral energies, is indeed a living and physiologically stimulating food whose use should be more widespread, because it is, so to speak, a hundred times more dynamogenic and nourishing than chemical sugar. Also it ought again to take up the important place it used to occupy in food before the discovery of chemical sugar. Dr Paul Carton
Industrially produced sugar is strongly constipating and stimulating. It damages the stomach, destroys the teeth and often leads, even amongst the most robust individuals, to a marked glucosuria which can lead to true diabetes, because the digestive organs do not transform it and only partly assimilate it. We are not constituted to take advantage of it in this dead chemical form. The number of deaths caused by diabetes has, for this reason, quadrupled in the last thirty years and is ever increasing.
The true natural condensed sugar is honey. It should thus, contrary to our present habit, occupy first place in our diet.
The more the human being gets to know nature, the more he will want bees; and honey, the sugar of so many past generations, will again, we are convinced, be the preferred sugar of future generations because that is the truth of the matter. Dr Victor Arnulphy
The aromatic principles and the acids in honey which give it its distinctive flavour and its scent, stimulate the salivary glands to produce more; digestion is thus made easier. But they also exert their antiseptic qualities on the stomach by counteracting gastric fermentation. In any event, the main effect of honey is exerted in the liver. Sugar, like honey, heads for the liver but it must, before that, undergo splitting into dextrose and levulose, whereas honey does not require any splitting, itself containing straight dextrose and levulose, substances which immediately go straight into the liver in order to pass
from there into the blood, so much so that honey is essentially digestive and hepatic, producing a diuretic and laxative effect. Dr Dubini
There is another category of substances, much less important from the point of view of weight, but which impart a special character to honey. These are mineral substances.
Precise and detailed research studies have allowed us to set out the facts and to say that, thanks to the presence of these substances in natural honeys, they have become no longer just some food or other, with remarkable assimilability, but more, in certain situations, a strengthening food of the first order. Because these material substances are especially rich in phosphates and also in iron.
The miracle is the bee, from time immemorial, always making something which is at the same time agreeable to look at, to taste and to smell; something which is at the same time a dessert and a remedy, a food and a scent, a pleasure and a profit, a curiosity and a blessing. Miguel Zamcois
The bee alone knows how to extract the flowers most delightful property and at the same time to make of it something lasting, which does not vanish with the first puff of wind.
What is more entrancing is that through their delicate flower puree, bees do not allow us only to relate to the earth in a general way, but also in the most particular way. Maurice Bouchor
Most certainly, my fondness for bees is very much connected with what I like, like a bear – the delicious treasures that they give to us. It is probably thanks to this earthly ambrosia, that I have been able to reach, not without difficulty, my eighty-fourth year; and it is amongst the murmuring hives that I would like to sleep my last sleep. Emile Blemont
I taste the marvellous honey, slippery with round wax cells, and I seem to see the very fount of Poetry flowing and feeding me with its golden blood sweetened with loving flowers.