The Benefits of Eating Honey are Sweet

The benefits of eating honey are sweet and many. From the claims of relieving allergy symptoms, weight, relieving joint pain, raw honey is truly a very special food.

Using honey in your raw food lifestyle or even if you are not into raw foods is a wonderful health treat. Honey is truly a unique and wonderful food.

There are many health-related benefits of eating honey. Here are a few of them:

Antioxidant: Honey is a natural antioxidant and as such can boost your immune system. Generally, it is believed that dark honey varieties contain more antioxidant power than lighter honeys. Manuka Honey is produced from flowers native to Australia and New Zealand and has the highest amount of antioxidants.

Better Digestion: Honey is a natural and gentle laxative. Eating raw honey helps improve the digestive system.

Cholesterol Lowering: Many reports indicate that honey lowers cholesterol. The high levels of antioxidants and vitamins contained in honey make this very likely.

Energy Boost: The natural fruit sugar of glucose in honey is perfect for an immediate and natural energy boost. Try eating a spoonful of honey before your next workout.

Natural Sugar Replacement: One of the benefits of eating honey is that it is so tasty. When you are craving sugar, eat a teaspoon of honey.

Honey and Weight Loss: The Hibernation Diet claims that eating honey before going to bed cleanses the liver and activate the needed hormones to burn fat.

Multi-Vitamin and Mineral Supplement: Honey contains B vitamins including B1, B2, B5 and B6. Minerals in honey include calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, sodium and zinc.

Honey and Diabetes: In controlled amounts, honey actually helps to reduce blood glucose levels according to research published by the Journal of Medicinal Food. Pure raw honey is a far healthier choice for a diabetic person than table sugar or non-nutritive sugar substitutes. Honey requires lower levels of insulin and has a lower glycemic index than sugar. It does not raise blood sugar levels as rapidly as table sugar.

Miracle Food: Honey is a food that never spoils. It has antibacterial properties that keep it fresh even after hundreds of years. Perhaps one of the benefits of eating honey is longevity!

Joint Pain Relief: No matter what the cause for your chronic joint pain here is a natural honey remedy.

Mix two teaspoons of raw honey with two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of lukewarm water and drink three time a day. It may take several weeks to see results, but this folk remedy will detox your body. Use Manuka honey for the highest concentration of antioxidants.

Stomach Ulcers: Taking 1 tablespoon of honey (especially effective is Manuka honey) with a ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon daily in warm water may effectively clear up stomach ulcers.

Cough Reliever: Honey has proved to be a better cough reliever in children than the leading cough syrup according to a 2007 Penn State College of Medicine Study. Honey provided better relief from nighttime cough and sleeplessness than cough syrup with the cough suppressant dextromethorphan (DM).

Although there are many benefits of eating honey, please don't give it to children under 2 years of age. Pure honey sometimes contains spores that young children do have have the immune ability to deal with it effectively.

All Honey is NOT the Same!

If you want to experience some of the benefits of eating honey please do so, but buy your honey carefully. As with all other foods in your raw diet you want to eat only raw honey.

True raw honey looks cloudy, rather than clear and clean. It also contains particles and dark flecks of bee pollen, bee propolis, and honeycomb wax. This is the healthiest honey to eat!

When searching for raw honey, try to buy it from a local beekeeper if at all possible. To find raw honey locally, first check and ask at your local farmer's market. Also, inquire at your local natural health food store for raw honey. Raw honey is also available online as is the very expensive, but highly medicinal, Manuka honey.

Avoid commercial, grocery store honey! Most grocery story honey is of a commercial variety. This commercial type of honey has been heated to extract the natural honeycomb from the honey itself and has lost its natural beneficial enzymes. 

Many times, honey is also pasteurized to kill of any microorganisms that may reside in it. Whether the honey is heated to extract the wax from the liquid or if it is pasteurized, the heating process effectively kills the living enzymes that we raw foodists are so fond of. The result is a clean looking, clear, amber-colored product with misleading labels of “organic,” “natural” and even “pure.”

There is no uniform regulation controlling the labeling of honey. There is “adulterated honey.” Just because a label says “pure honey” does not mean that the only thing in the bottle is 100% pure honey! There is no law that requires strict and honest labeling of honey.

"Pure honey" can very easily contain water, sweetened corn syrup or various other cheap sweeteners added to the pure honey— all without the label reflecting this. The legal requirements for honey quality are varied and what is labeled as “100% pure and natural honey” is certainly no guarantee that what is in the bottle is truly pure and natural honey.

Honey bees fly in a three mile radius to gather nectar to make honey. Organic honey can only be labeled "organic" if the company can reasonably ensure that the honey was made from nectar the bees fed off of 80% organic plants.  This is usually a difficult claim to make and is a rare find.

Pricing is not necessarily an accurate way to tell pure honey from adulterated honey. Unscrupulous honey companies will mix different types of honey varieties and sell them as the expensive Manuka honey.

Overall, the best way to ensure you are getting RAW, unfiltered honey is to buy from a local beekeeper. An additional benefit of buying from a local beekeeper is you are suporting thier efforts to increase the pollination in your very own community and you are also getting a natural "immunotherapy" from the local pollen showing up in traces within the honey.

Bee Pollen

Bee pollen is the pollen the honeybees gather off of plants and trees to take into the hive to feed the baby bees or larvae.  It is highly nutritive and has been touted that humans can live off bee pollen alone as it has all of the minerals and vitamins we need to survive. It is also another great source of protein for vegans.  Make sure when you purchase bee pollen you are getting it in its raw state.

Bee pollen is used for its nutrition as well as by consuming local bee pollen it is believed that it will build up your resistance to local allergens.  This is a nice benefit to those who suffer from allergies!

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