The Plight Of The Honey Bee + Nektar Honey Crystals Review

Disclaimer: Nektar Naturals provided me with product. All opinions are my own.

Did you know the honey bee population in the US is declining? I didn’t know until I started working with Nektar Naturals, who makes Nektar Honey Crystals. I’ll give you more info on that in a minute.

The plight of the honey bee...do you know how it affects you?

According to the US Department of Agriculture:

The honey bee population in the United States has been declining for decades. The number of managed U.S. honey bee colonies dropped from 6 million in 1947, to just 2.5 million today.

Last summer, the USDA provided $8 million as “incentives for Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin farmers and ranchers who establish new habitats for declining honey bee populations.”

So why should we care?

When you think of honey bees, you might only be thinking of them pollinating flowers, etc. But bees are responsible for a lot of the crops we might be eating on a daily basis. The USDA Agricultural Research Service states:

Commercial production of many specialty crops like almonds and other tree nuts, berries, fruits and vegetables depend on pollination by honey bees.

I really never even thought of those things in relation to bees. In California, approximately 60 percent of all manage honey bee colonies (1.4 million colonies) are used for the almond industry.

Colony losses can be linked to pathogens, colony collapse disorder (where beekeepers just find dead colonies with no bees), weather (like unusually hot or cold), and more. The USDA is still researching factors and what might be causing this vast decline.

A tip they give to the public is to not use pesticides during the day, when bees might be out looking for nectar or pollinating plants. 

Again, I had never even thought of any of this! So what does this have to do with Nektar Honey Crystals?

Well, I first heard of the plight of the honey bee through working with them. On their website they talk about using eco-friendly materials for all phases of production whenever possible. The company states they support the efforts of the research being done in this field to stop this decline.

So what are Nektar Honey Crystals?

They’re exactly that. Honey crystals! Jeremy Edelman, founder, was tired of the sticky mess of honey bottles and jars. As a tea drinker myself (and someone who eats oatmeal on the go regularly), I can relate. I don’t take my honey bottle with me because it’s just a mess. 

Anyway, that’s how the honey crystals were born! 

Nektar Naturals
The honey crystals are all natural granulated honey. 1 packet is equivalent to 1 teaspoon of honey. They are naturally gluten-free, GMO free, Made in the USA (!), and Kosher.

I’ve tried it in my oatmeal and teas, and have spread the word to my best friend and my family…who also love it. Here’s an oatmeal shot from my friend:

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You can use them for a lot of things, such as baking (protein pancakes anyone?)

pancakes
Or a myriad of other recipes. Here are a few actually from fellow bloggers:

All great ideas I would have never thought of…and that’s why I’m not a food blogger ;)

Nektar also provides recipe ideas on their website, from sweet potato fries to an apple honey cocktail (yum). They also mention using it as a sports drink. Add in honey crystals to your water, add lemon, and you’ve got home made Gatorade. Honey contains natural electrolytes and sugar for that boost you need. I haven’t tried this but will once I start doing longer runs…stay tuned for my review on that!

You can find Nektar at most grocery stores, such as Whole Foods, Earth Fare and Shop Rite (for my NJ peeps). Use their store locator to find a store near you.

Giveaway

Lastly, they are hosting a giveaway that ends March 20. You can win 3 different cannisters of tea from Bare Tea, which makes organic whole leaf teas, 2 boxes of Nektar Honey Crystals and 2 mugs. Want to win? Enter below!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

I’m going to keep doing research on the honey bees because now I’m intrigued. I really had no idea. It’s funny how we can take simple things, like honey and honey bees, for granted and not even give them a second thought. 

Did you know about the honey bee decline?

What is one environmental issue you feel strongly about? For me it’s deforrestation. Sigh.

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  1. Honey crystals! I’ve never heard of these. Although I use maple syrup flakes and love them so I bet they would work similarly.
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  2. Thanks for sharing my chicken thighs! :) Love Nektar Naturals so much!
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  3. never heard of any of this! Super interesting about the bees and good to know.
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  4. I’ve been really enjoying my Nektar Naturals so far. I had no idea they are also working to help the bee population!
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  5. This seems like the best idea ever! I need this in my life. I am not eating any other sweeteners except honey or stevia so this would be so great for my oatmeal. Thanks for sharing and hosting a give away!
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  6. I am really intrigued by this idea of honey crystals. Thanks for posting!
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  7. I’ve tried those honey crystals and they’re great! I did know about the declining honey bee population. Very sad.
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  8. This is awesome!! I love honey, but I hate working with it because it’s so sticky and hard to clean! Love this idea!
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  9. i just read something recently on honeybees! this is the second time i’ve read about them in a couple of weeks. very interesting!
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  10. I heard about this a few years ago, but didn’t realize they were still in decline. I have a friend in IN that has her own hive and she gave me a jar of her honey and it is awesome! I love the idea of using the honey crystals! So smart and less messy!
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  11. Never heard of these before. I bet they would be great in oatmeal! :)
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    • Definitely try it out! You can now order through their website (as opposed to going to a store) -nektarnaturals.com-

  12. This is amazing. I am so glad you posted about this, as I am not only interested in it, but I dont think enough people even think to care about it, but it DOES matter! I would love to try Nektar, sounds like exactly my kinda product! I hope I win! ;)
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  13. This is the first I’m hearing about the honey bee decline. Thanks for sharing!
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  14. A local farmer had told me about the bee decline a few years ago. There’s a really interesting documentary about it called “Vanishing of the Bees” that is VERY interesting.
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  15. Very interesting…I was not aware of the decline in bees…thanks for sharing. I entered the drawing…although, I NEVER win ANYTHING. lol
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  16. I learned about the bee problem back in colllege. The decline has been going on for a few years. Never heard of this product though. Seems great if it can help the situation.
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  17. Oh wow, these are really interesting! I live in Vermont, where people are very aware of agriculture and the environment, so needless to say the honey bee issue has been a big issue around here as well.
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  18. What is the actual ratio of honey vs. cane sugar in the product? I am having trouble finding that info.

    • Nektar Honey Crystals is about 10-12% honey and the balance natural
      cane sugar. They deliver the taste of honey up front with the
      sweetness of cane sugar to round out the flavor.

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