5 things you should know about honey
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- Honey is a unique product. It is a blend of vitamins, enzymes, antioxidants, phytonutrients. Every RAW honey consists of two main components: bee pollen and bee propolis. Bee pollen contains vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, lipids and protein. Propolis is a resinous substance bees gather from special trees and use it to line their hive. Propolis is priceless! It has antibiotic, antiseptic, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Not every honey is good for your health. Processed, creamed, pasteurized and heated honey loses it’s health benefits.
- Raw honey is alkaline forming food. Unlike processed honey, which is acid forming.
- Honey is a high calorie food. 1 tablespoon of honey yields 60 calories. Thus if you are on a diet, switching from sugar to honey is definitely a healthy choice, but it’s not going to reduce calories.
- Honey is in the list of strongest allergens. In most situations allergic reaction is caused by bee pollen. In rare cases endospores of Clostridium botulinum (the bacteria that can cause botulism) have been found in raw honey. This is normally never a problem for an adults. But digestive system of an infant is not fully formed and can’t deal with this bacteria. Thus, giving honey to children under 1 year is not recommended.
Buy raw honey only certified. If you are buying local, make sure you are buying from trusted sellers and farmers. Usually they are very friendly and open to communication.