VAN, TURKIYE - OCTOBER 01: Bees make honey near Lake Van, Turkiye on October 01, 2022. Lake Van basin with its wetlands, mountains, plains, plateaus, lakes and rich plant diversity is home to wild animals. (Photo by Ozkan Bilgin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Joel and Maryann’s health report included the health benefits of honey over other sweeteners based on a new study.

Honey has already been known to have antibacterial properties and is even woven into bandages to promote healing. But a new study shows that two teaspoons of honey a day can have some pretty sweet health benefits.

Researchers from the University of Toronto say the sweet stuff actually reduces blood glucose levels and can knock down levels of LDL, the so-called “bad” cholesterol while boosting levels of HDL, the beneficial kind.

Honey also reduces inflammation, which is key to preventing heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular problems.

Tauseef Khan, a research associate in nutritional sciences at the university’s Temerty Faculty of Medicine, called the results surprising “because honey is about 80 percent sugar. But honey is also a complex composition of common and rare sugars, proteins, organic acids, and other bioactive compounds that very likely have health benefits.”

John Sievenpiper, an associate professor at the university, noted, “The word among public health and nutrition experts has long been that ‘a sugar is a sugar.’ These results show that’s not the case, and they should give pause to the designation of honey as a free or added sugar in dietary guidelines.”

The honey that was found to have these benefits was “single origin floral honey” which is honey cultivated by kept bees, which are given access to only one type of flower.

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Popular NYC-Based French Bakery Opens Another N.J. Location

A popular New York City-based French bakery is opening up yet another New Jersey location. French bakery and cafe chain Maman will be opening up its newest eatery in Princeton, New Jersey on Nov. 16 per NJ Advance Media. The spot will be located at 43 Hulfish St. in Princeton. This will be Maman’s second New Jersey location following the Jersey City spot that opened on Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) earlier this year.

For drinks, Maman offers selections of coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. On their food menu, the French bakery has an assortment of pastries, sandwiches, salads, soups, and more. The Princeton location will have everything from the original menu such as their classic truffle Croque Maman, Nutella beignet, and infamous nutty chocolate chip cookies. The pumpkin spice beignet will also be featured on the menu which will be exclusive to this location.

Maman originally opened in Soho, Manhattan in 2014. The French bakery has several cafés across the nation including several NY locations, one spot in Pennsylvania,  and two Canadian eateries.

Maman of Jersey City’s hours of operation are below but the Princeton location has yet to announced:

mon-fri 7:30am-5pm

sat-sun 8am-5pm (kitchen closes at 4pm daily)

Take a look at some of their yummy Instagram photos below: