If you’re trying to cut back on refined sugar, you probably think that honey is a smart choice, right? But did you know that not all honey is created equal? In fact, the honey you grab from the supermarket has been highly processed to extend its shelf life so that it ends up being little better than the refined sugar you’re trying to skip. Instead, shop for raw honey and make the most of its vast array of health benefits.
What Is Raw Honey?
It is honey that has not been heated, pasteurized or processed in any way.
What are the benefits of Raw Honey?
Raw honey is more than a natural sweetener. It is a ‘functional food’ that has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. It is also an alkaline-forming food that contains natural vitamins, enzymes, powerful antioxidants and other important natural nutrients. It is these very nutrients that are destroyed during the heating and pasteurization process.
The benefits of raw honey include:
- High nutritional properties
- Promoting the growth of good bacteria in the intestine
- Acting as an elixir for soothing and healing skin wounds
- Aiding restorative sleep by slowly releasing the glycogen needed for essential bodily functions during sleep
- Boosting immunity and blocking free radicals
- Reducing homocysteine levels to maintain a healthy heart
What’s better than raw honey?
Try and get your mitts on local raw honey. It contains pollen that is specific to your area and can therefore help with local seasonal allergies.
My tip? Have a teaspoon or two of local raw honey a few months prior to the allergy season hits. this introduces the pollen introduces into your body and gradually builds up your tolerance to seasonal allergies
A word of caution…
Since honey can cause a dangerous disease known as botulism in infants, children under the age of one should never consume honey, raw or pasteurized.