Hi everyone! Hope you are all having a great Thanksgiving today.
I wanted to talk about honey today, specifically organic raw honey and the health benefits of eating honey. We love honey in our home and I use a bit of honey in my turkey basting sauce and boy is it yummy.
Did you know? Raw honey is actually considered a “super food” Raw honey boosts your immunity and has antibacterial/antiviral properties that help fight sickness.
Honey is a sweet product made by bees and other insects after collecting nectar from flowers. Many cultures all over the world recognize its benefit especially the raw organic honey. Some cultures traditionally used honey as one of the traditional medicines.
Best Organic Raw Honey Brands
Here’s what I’ve found during my research for the best brands out there to purchase. I found a lot of brands that claim to be certified, but without the USDA Organic label. Those I did not list.
YS Organic Bee Farms – 100% USDA Certified Organic Raw Honey
Oneroot Organic Natural Raw Canadian Wildflower Honey 100% USDA Certified Organic and Ecocert Canada
Nature Nate’s 100% Pure Raw & Unfiltered Organic Honey – USDA Organic Label
Greenbow – 100% USDA certified Organic, Gluten Free Honey
Wholesome Organic Raw Unfiltered Honey – USDA Organic Label
Mountain Ridge Pure Raw Honey – USDA Organic Label
Rigoni di Asiago Mielbio Organic Italian Raw Honey – USDA Organic Label
Health benefits of raw organic honey
Honey is very popular with organic consumers because bee farmers have to follow the same USDA organic livestock standards and the flowers the bees get the nectar from cannot be sprayed with any chemicals. The bees themselves cannot be given antibiotics. It also has a sweet taste that makes many people like it. Below are various health benefits that come along with regular but moderate honey consumption.
Note* Check with your pediatrician before giving honey to your infant/toddler. The recommendation is to wait until your baby is at least a year old to prevent your baby from getting Botulism.
Although honey has more calories compared to sugar, it plays a critical role in the digestion of fats that are stored in your body. Similarly, honey with cinnamon or lemon juice helps in reduction of weight. I use a little honey in my tea instead of granulated sugar. I get all the honey benefits along with a yummy sweet taste.
Can honey help you sleep?
If you have a cold, studies have shown that honey can help with those annoying nighttime coughing fits we get and help us sleep. There was some research done in 2012 on the effectiveness on sleep in children aged 1 to 5 years with colds and the findings published indicated that honey is a better treatment for sleepy difficulty and night coughs associated with infections from childhood upper respiratory tract.
Boosting of energy
It is believed that a tablespoon of honey contains approximately 64 calories, unlike sugar, which contains about 15 calories per tablespoon. Many people, therefore, used honey as an energy source. Another key thing to note about honey as an energy booster is that the carbohydrates contained in it are easily broken down to glucose because the digestive system finds it easy to digest it since it is pure and natural.
Honey improves physical performance
Honey offers an excellent benefit to athletes in boosting their physical performance, quick recovery and strengthening of the stamina. It is also a super wonderful way of maintaining normal levels of blood sugar, recuperating the muscles, restoring glycogen used up after hard work or vigorous exercise and also regulation of the amount of insulin in the body.
Honey and your memory
Research shows that consumption of honey enhances immediate memory to women with postmenopausal effect to a great extent that can be equated to improvement realized after receiving a therapy known as estrogen plus progestin therapy (EPT) I’d like this one, being that as I get older my memory just isn’t what it used to be J
Honey is very rich in vitamins and minerals
Raw organic honey contains a wide range of vitamins and minerals. The vitamins and minerals type, quality, and quantity, depending on the flower types the bees collect their nectar from. The most common vitamins contained in honey include calcium, vitamin C and iron. Comparing the content of vitamins and minerals in regular sugars proves the great significance of honey.
Did you know? Traditional medicines use honey as a natural antiseptic because it contains ant-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.
Nutraceuticals contained in honey are very effective for the removal of free radicals found in the body. As a result, the immunity of our bodies is greatly improved against various threatening conditions even those that are fatal such as heart diseases and cancer. Raw organic honey also increases the capacity of serum antioxidant in human beings.
Professor Dr. Nor Hayati Othman, in her research about the relationship between cancer and honey, he states that “Honey and cancer has a sustainable inverse relationship in the setting of developing nations where resources for cancer prevention and treatment are limited.”
I sure learned a lot more than I did before researching for this article. I knew honey was a superfood and had some benefits, but not all the ones I found. Eat honey and make it part of your diet, but I encourage you to buy the raw organic honey for all the antioxidants and the USDA organic standards that must be followed.
I personally think raw organic honey tastes better and with no chemicals that’s a win, win for me and my family.
I welcome your comments, questions and suggestions.