Bee Informed…A Close Look at Honey – Your Health Detective

  Honey has been used for centuries both as a food and a medicine. Archaeologists found 2000 year old jars of honey in Egyptian tombs and they were still healthy and delicious. And, the practice of beekeeping for honey production dates back to at least 700 BC.

Do you know the amazing health benefits of honey? Here are just a few:…click to continue reading…

  • Fights bacteria, viruses, and even fungi;
  • Lowers cholesterol;
  • Reduces inflammation;
  • Aids stomach health and digestion;
  • Helps heal ulcers and burns;…click to continue reading…
  • Possesses moderate anti-tumor and anti-metastatic effects in five different strains of tumors and potentiated the anti-tumor activity of chemotherapeutic drugs like 5-fluorouracil and cyclophosphamide. (Gribel, N.V., and Pashinskii, V.G. Antitumor properties of honey. Vopr. Onkol., 36:704-709, 1990). Additionally, researchers found caffeic acids in propolis are inhibitors of colon cancers in animals. (American Bee Journal, June 1994);
  • Daily consumption of honey raises blood levels of protective antioxidants in humans. (Research presented at the 227th meeting of the American Chemical Society in Anaheim, CA, March 28, 2004).
  • Assists calm coughs.

BEWARE, all honey is NOT Created Equal!

The following is a pointed example of why you need to become a detective label reader. It’s unfortunate to report that most honey in the US is a fraudyes, fake!

A sampling of over 60 varieties shows that 76 percent of honey bought in the US isn’t actually honey; it doesn’t even contain pollen. It’s simply just another processed food that is stripped of its nutritional value. The act of processing removes its pollen, antioxidants, and nutrients. The more accurate name of this type of food would be Sweet Syrup. AND…many manufacturers actually add artificial sweeteners and/or corn syrup to cut costs and make it sweeter – profit over health!

What’s even more concerning is that some Chinese honey, which can be full of antibiotics, makes its way illegally into some of the honey in the U.S.

The differences between raw and pasteurized honey are substantial. Raw honey is a natural alkaline-forming food containing vitamins, enzymes, powerful antioxidants and other nutrients. Pasteurized honey is devoid of these powerful health benefits through its manufacturing process and is as unhealthy as eating refined sugar.

Sweet Health…

Go RAW – it’s the healthiest form and the way Mother Nature intended it to be. Raw honey is NEVER strained, filtered or heated. This form of natural honey maintains its integrity and will remain intact indefinitely with all its nutritional benefits and flavor. CAUTION: Do not feed honey-containing products or honey as a flavoring to infants under one-year of age; it may contain Clostridium botulinum spores and toxins that can cause infant botulism – a life-threatening paralytic disease. For children over the age of 12 months and adults it is healthy and safe.

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