There are many debates about the benefits and disadvantages of raw honey. Here is a look at both sides of the story.
What is raw honey?
Honey is a sweet, thick liquid produced by bees from the nectar of flowers. It contains sugars, minerals, and vitamins in addition to bee pollen. Raw honey is created by allowing the honey to naturally flow from the beehive without high-heat processing or filtration which can kill nutrients and enzymes.
The benefits of raw honey are thought to be plentiful. It’s been used for thousands of years as a remedy for allergies when taken daily in small doses, and it has natural antibacterial and antifungal properties that can help people avoid illness and disease. Many people enjoy eating honey because of its pleasant taste, while others believe it helps boost energy levels and increase strength — although there isn’t any evidence that this is true.
Raw honey also has important nutritional benefits that are destroyed in the processing of honey. It contains small amounts of B vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, which many people lack in their diet. Vitamin C is found in raw honey but not when it is processed because the vitamin degrades over time after processing.
Some disadvantages exist for raw honey as well. Because bees collect nectar from flowers all around, there is a risk of ingesting bee pollen allergens in raw honey, especially if you’re allergic to bees or other pollinating insects like wasps and ants. There’s also a risk of ingesting harmful bacteria like E Coli when buying raw (unfiltered) honey off the shelf at your local supermarket or health food store rather than directly from a bee farmer, which is why many companies that sell raw honey take special care to cap their products in protective jars and keep them refrigerated.
A final disadvantage of raw honey is the effect it may have on your blood sugar levels if you suffer from diabetes or hypoglycemia. The high fructose content in raw honey can create an unstable blood sugar level if eaten too close to eating other carbohydrate foods like bread or crackers at a meal. However, in the long run, the health benefits of this natural sweetener are thought to outweigh any disadvantages when consumed occasionally in small amounts.
How could we all use a little sweetness in our lives? Sweetness and honey to be specific. Honey is well known for its anti-bacterial and immune-boosting properties, but did you know that there are many types of honey? And not all honey is created equal!
I’m sure you’ve seen those pretty jars of raw honey sitting on the shelves of your local health food store or farmers’ market. You probably asked yourself: “Is it really worth the extra money?” Well let me tell you, yes – Yes it is! Raw honey contains vitamins, minerals, and enzymes which all help boost your immunity and fight disease. Pasteurized and commercialized honey has had most of the enzymes and nutrients removed. Raw honey has not been heated or processed, which makes it easier for your body to digest all those lovely nutrients contained in this sweet treat.
Raw honey is a great alternative to refined sugars and artificial sweeteners, but it has some disadvantages. It can be difficult for people with allergies or sensitivities to find an option that works for them. Additionally, it’s important not to over-consume raw honey because of its high sugar content. Raw honey may have benefits when used in moderation, but there are drawbacks too!