RE: Honey: in or out?
Posted Friday, January 6, 2012 at 4:36 PM
We have honey on hand, don't use it much though. It's really good when my 13 yr old son gets really chapped lips - he doesn't like lip balms but a dab of honey really helps to soothe his lips. And, as someone mentioned, we get our honey from local sources. Some folks we know swear by local honey for helping with their seasonal allergies.
As was noted, honey is one of those 'borderline' things depending on how strictly vegan you choose to be.
As for agave, I haven't found the same issues with it, for me, as I get with HFCS. Not sure why, though I suspect it has something to do with the quantity involved - I'll use maybe a teaspoon in something I want to sweeten (like tea or whatever) while I have no idea how much is used commercially in products (if HFCS is 'no different than sugar' why can't consumers buy it for home use?), my guess is that it's way higher amounts. For baking, we use raw sugar most of the time, also real maple syrup, apple sauce, banana, and molasses. We used to use a lot more agave but we don't sweeten as much stuff now - trying to cut back on the 'vegan junk food' (which is where most of the sweetener we use would be - cookies, cakes, etc).