Why Raw Unfiltered Honey is Liquid Gold
Raw unfiltered honey is the nectar of the gods! Well, actually it’s the nectar of flowers mixed with the saliva of bees. It is hands down the preferred sweetener over table sugar, as it is unprocessed and contains a wealth of nutrients that can do everything from taming allergies to healing wounds.
A high quality, raw unfiltered honey contains potent anti-microbial and and antioxidant properties as well as beneficial probiotic bacteria. It also contains trace amounts of vitamins and minerals such as zinc, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, selenium and a handful of the B vitamins.
The “empty” calories of refined cane sugar don’t stand a chance next to this gift from nature! Honey is truly is a gift because did you know that it takes the worker bees thousands of hours to collect pollen from over two million different flowers to make one pound of honey? And to think that it’s still an affordable food source for us after all that hard work!
The Sustainable Energy Booster
Raw honey is a great source of natural sugars and carbohydrates which effectively boost energy and endurance. Honey’s glycemic load is 10 for one tablespoon, which is slightly less than one banana. Compared to other types of sugars, honey will keep your blood sugar fairly level, meaning that you are not as likely to experience that energy “crash” as you most likely do with regular sugar, for instance.
The antioxidants found in raw unfiltered honey protect the cells from the free radical damage that provoke disease. It’s anti-microbial properties also kills bacteria and germs in the body’s system and help to fight off illness. It is also known to tame inflammation and promote healthy bacteria in the intestinal tract (aka the throne of our immune system)!
Honey’s soothing ability will also help to tame a cough and coat a sore throat. During flu season, I’d recommend giving this Homemade Elderberry Cough Syrup a shot.
Humans have treated a variety of ailments with honey throughout history. Some wound gels, which contain antibacterial raw honey have regulatory approval and are now available to help treat drug-resistant strains of bacteria. Manuka honey, in particular has been found to be incredibly effective at treating wounds, cuts, scrapes and even acne, as it has very powerfully enhanced anti-bacterial capabilities.
Local raw honey is often sought after by allergy sufferers as the pollen impurities are thought to lessen the sensitivity to hay fever. If you suffer from allergies in the spring or summer months when the flowers begin to bloom, I would really consider giving this a try! Adding a simple teaspoon to your nightly mug of tea can show real benefit.
Why Raw & Unfiltered?
The typical honey that is sold in most grocery stores is pasteurized, clarified or filtered. The excessive heat used during the refinement process destroys all the wonderful naturally-occurring enzymes and nutrients. Raw honey, on the other hand, is obtained by extraction, settling or straining, without added heat. It typically contains a bit of honeycomb and some pollen which is considered an amazing superfood in itself because of its high amino acid and antioxidant content.
Now, some honey may be labeled as “raw” when in reality it has been somewhat processed. Look for the visual signs of color and clarity. When the honey is perfectly clear and syrup-like, it had been processed. When it is quite dense and more opaque, this stuff is the real deal!
(Note: Because of the natural presence of botulinum endospores, children under one year of age should not be given honey.)
As a result of honey’s unique composition and chemical properties, it is great for long-term shelf storage, and is easily absorbed even after long preservation. So when you find an affordable raw, unfiltered, local source, don’t be afraid to stock up.
Whether you use honey for a sore throat, or to sweeten your morning oatmeal, keep in mind that a little dab will do ya. While it may be an All-Star food, it’s still a sugar!
High quality honey has been referred to as being as valuable as gold. I’m sure you now understand why!
Have you gone raw yet?