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.
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.