Is Honey Good for You?
Well....... Yes, raw honey is great for you, no need to read further. Just kidding, there are some amazing benefits to eating a spoonful of raw honey each day as well as using honey as a substitute for other sweeteners like sugar.
There are several health benefits to consuming raw honey. Raw honey is defined as honey that has not been heated intentionally or inadvertently past 104ºF as once honey has been heated beyond 104ºF the enzymes and antioxidants loose their potency and eventually are eliminated.
Another defining factor of raw honey is that it must not be filtered. Typically raw honey is run through a strainer to remove any larger wax particles and similar but allows for the good stuff like pollen and propolis to make its way into the jar or bottle. Processed honey on the other hand is heated and run through filters.
Health benefits of raw honey:
- Vitamins- Some of the vitamins found in honey include ascorbic acid, pantothenic acid, niacin and riboflavin; along with minerals such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.
- Enzymes- Raw honey contains: diastase, invertase, catalase, glucose oxidase, acid phosphatase, and inulase enzymes, which aid in digestion and assimilation. Diastase is also used as a freshness indicator in honey because it decreases in old or heated honey.
- Antioxidants- Research has shown that honey contains polyphenols of varying concentrations, which are powerful antioxidants that are thought to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. These polyphenols can also be found in other healthy foods like vegetables, fruits, tea's, and olive oil.
- Energy Source- Raw honey has a low glycemic index, which means your body processes the sugar content slowly helping you extend those long workouts without the crash of processed energy bars and drinks.
- Pollen- Pollen in raw honey may desensitize you to seasonal pollen allergies. There are many mixed research results hence the "may".
- Propolis- This sticky substance the bees use to seal things up and fill in small gaps within the hive has antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. There is some limited research on how propolis does this but research shows it appears to provide protection from some bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
- Antibacterial- The antibacterial characteristics of the honey is primarily from the propolis that is found in raw honey and preserved by not filtering or heating the honey up.
- Will last forever- Well, a really long time anyways. Raw honey is likely to crystallize but if you put your jar in a warm water bath, it will turn right back to a liquid.
Raw honey is really actually quite amazing and the bees are like having thousands of chemists working on making you the "perfect" sweetener.
We treat our Purple Bee Honey™ with the utmost care to ensure the honey in the jar is as close as possible to the honey that was in the hive, ensuring the maximum amount of health benefits remain within the honey. If you would like to try our honey you can buy it here.