Making Energy Drinks with Honey

All-natural energy? Sounds too good to be true, but it’s not.

According to reportlinker.com, sports and energy beverages will record yearly growth in excess of 10% by 2016. Energy food and drinks recorded almost a 7% growth in the past several years, exceeding $30 billion in sales. The market is forecasted to reach close to $39 billion in 2014. Energy drinks are the leading segment in the global functional drinks market. And, even though energy drinks comprise a small portion of the non-alcoholic beverage market, the sector has grown more than 60% since 2008.

One of the reasons consumers are demanding an energy boost in their daily drink intake may be attributed to busy lifestyles. Consumers are seeking a more nutritious day-to-day way to combat fatigue, and manufacturers are doing their best to answer the call.

While honey itself is a great aid in providing an energy boost throughout the day, including honey in energy and sports drinks also has a powerful advantage. The National Honey Board performed three clinical trials on the use of honey by various athletes. The trials suggested that honey could operate as a “time released” muscle fuel for exercising muscles. The ingredient is a carbohydrate source, aiding in replenishing muscles. The study also showed that honey can improve endurance exercise capacity.

With a low glycemic index, positive metabolic response and effective energy production, honey is a great all-natural sweetener for sports and energy drinks.

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