This post is my attempt to reconcile with a superfood, which has been around before humankind and has so many healing powers that I would require hundreds of pages to list them all. In my year long anti-sugar phase, I committed the terrible mistake of banning honey from my diet and I still regret it. So honey, would you please accept my apology? I promise I will never abandon you again!
I think we can agree that sugar isn't good for you and I'm not going to repeat why, as you probably have read or heard about it too many times. (But if you need a reminder, feel free to check out my past blog post here.) But don't make the same mistake as I did, and place honey in the same category as all the other sweeteners. Rather, treat this liquid gold with as much respect and gratitude as our ancestors did thousands of years ago. When used and savored in its raw, unpasteurized state, you will receive a powerful cocktail of potent vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Before you head into the kitchen to get yourself a mouthful of honey, just hold on a second and check out these interesting facts… trust me, after reading it, you will enjoy it even more!
- One single bee produces a 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in her entire lifetime!
- Honeybees are responsible of the reproduction of 80% of the whole world’s grains, fruits, vegetables and legumes.
- Don’t heat honey. Like with fruits and vegetables, you should consume honey in its raw form if you want to enjoy its beneficial healing powers. Heated honey above 40°C, has lost the majority of its enzymes, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins. Therefore, if you want to get all its benefits, make sure to buy honey in its raw form. This is pretty alarming if you think about that most honeys found in supermarkets have actually been pasteurized and heated!
- Research has shown that the darker the honey, such as buckwheat, the higher amount of cancer fighting antioxidants it contains.
- Named nature’s most perfect food, bee pollen, should be a staple in everyone’s diet. It contains all 8 essential amino acids, B vitamins, minerals, DNA, RNA and plant hormones. Only 1 tablespoon a day is needed to boost and strengthen your immune system, protects against free radical damage and prevents seasonal allergies.
- Thanks to its high anti-bacterial and anti-microbial components, raw honey is excellent for wound healing, minimizing scars, treatment of acne and sunburn.
- Its healing powers are mentioned in the Bible and Koran, and some evidence suggests that collection of honey has occurred since 7000 B.C.E!
- Inform yourself. Like with olive oil, wine and so many other products, unfortunately also honey has become a victim of Big Agriculture and illegal activities. Many large companies have been indicted for selling honey, which mostly contains high fructose corn syrup packed with chemicals produced in China, but sold to you as pure honey made in the US.
- Choose responsibly and support local. I encourage you to think about honey just like you think about organic vegetables or wine. Try to buy honey from local beekeepers or suppliers, who support sustainable beekeeping, the health of honeybees and offer raw, unblended, unfiltered honey.
- Like with coffee and wine, once you do get your hands on a special elixir, you will realize that also with honey, you can taste the season, the region and its flowers and you will find that each one is unique in its flavours, aromatics and colour.
… and now you can finally go to your kitchen and lick that spoon! ENJOY!