Honey, I’m Home! 6 Reasons You Should Be Eating Raw Honey
There’s a wide range of research that displays the harmful effects of refined sugars and encourage the use of more natural forms. Raw honey is not only a great source of unrefined sweetness, but it also provides a plethora of health benefits. At Squirrel & The Bee we use local honey in our baked goods every day. Check out the top reasons why you need some honey in your life, and grab a jar to take home next time you’re here!
- Natural Cold Remedy: Current research shows that honey can reduce mucus secretions and alleviate sore throat and coughing. These benefits may even be more effective than most over the counter medicines! It is recommended to take ½ to 2 teaspoon before bedtime for the best results.
- Better Sleep: Consuming honey before bed can promote better, more restful sleep. When taken before bed it restocks the body’s glycogen stores and promotes the release of melatonin. Together, these benefits will not only help you fall asleep, but make sure you stay asleep all night long.
- Antioxidants: Research shows that just one tablespoon of honey a day can raise the body’s level of antioxidants. This is important for preventing disease, boosting immunity, and reducing risk of cancer.
- Energy: Raw honey is a great source of easily digestible energy, perfect for mornings or before exercising. Honey is composed of natural sugars, vitamins, minerals and pollen that are absorbed by the liver and quickly converted to energy. Honey is recommended for athletes (especially runners) for fuel and recovery.
- Weight management: Research shows that honey, when used as a replacement for refined sugar, can aid in weight loss. Some studies even suggest that honey may activate hormones that suppress appetite! Gradual changes are recommended to eliminate all harmful sugars and incorporate the use of local honey.
- Wound healing: The uses of honey go beyond the diet. Honey can be used topically to treat burns and wounds, due to its antibacterial properties. It is recommended that honey be applied directly to the problem area and reapplied every 24 hours for best results.
In order to receive all the benefits from honey, it is imperative that you are consuming it in its purest, raw form. Commercial honey, such as those brands typically found in the grocery store, actually contains no bee pollen. Through a process called filtration, large companies pasteurize honey, removing the pollen and any associated nutrients. Some companies even add water or high fructose corn syrup for bulk. Thus, you are left with a sugar filled substance that may actually cause more harm then good. So, how do you know your honey is the real thing? Look for labels that specify “raw,” “local,” or “unpasteurized.”
Final thoughts: while we are huge fans of raw honey, as with anything sweet, too much of a good thing isn’t good for you. So enjoy some raw honey in moderation and be healthy!