The cute little honey bear at your local grocery store? Chances are it’s fake. Fake as in a mix of corn syrup and other unsavory things. At the very least, it has been so overly processed, heated and filtered that it’s lost what makes it such a nutritional powerhouse. Worse yet, if it’s from China it has likely been contaminated with everything from chemicals to antibiotics to low cost syrups and sugars. An astounding 76% of “honey” products from grocery stores contained no trace of bee pollen whatsoever.
Raw honey is the way to go: pure, unfiltered, unpasteurized, made by bees, a gift from mother nature herself.
Raw honey has been shown to help with sleep problems, seasonal allergies (best to go with a local source), low energy, and recovery from intense exercise. Other benefits of locally sourced raw honey include:
- 60% improvement of symptoms of hay fever, allergies, and asthma
- Promotes healthy weight management when used to replace sugar
- A high quality source of vitamins, minerals, pollen, and even protein
- Restores glycogen stores – making it the perfect pre- and post-exercise energy booster
- Contains antioxidants that help boost the immune system and have even been found to reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, and other diseases
- 22 amino acids
- 27 minerals including iron, calcium, zinc, magnesium, selenium, potassium, and phosphorus
- 5,000 enzymes
- Source of B-Vitamins
- Low glycemic index, i.e. it doesn’t cause the sugar spike/elevated insulin levels like white sugar
Replacing sugar or high fructose corn syrup with raw honey has been found to help with weight loss efforts. Studies have found that consuming raw honey can actually activate hormones that suppress appetite.
Need another reason to stock your pantry with this superfood? It. Tastes. Delicious!!
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