Monday, January 28, 2013

Raw Honey Outperforms in Taste and Health Benefits

My friends have been touting the benefits of raw honey for years, which makes me wonder why I didn't start using it in recipes a lot sooner. Marinades, rubs, vinaigrettes, sauces: it works just as well as cane or beet sugar in cooking, tastes wonderful, and the health benefits are inarguable.

"Raw honey is an alkaline-forming food that contains natural vitamins, enzymes, powerful antioxidants and other important natural nutrients. These are the very nutrients that are destroyed during the heating and pasteurization process. In fact, pasteurized honey is equivalent to and just as unhealthy as eating refined sugar. (italics added)

Raw honey has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. It promotes body and digestive health, is a powerful antioxidant, strengthens the immune system, eliminates allergies, and is an excellent remedy for skin wounds and all types of infections. 

Raw honey's benefits don't stop there. Raw honey can also stabilize blood pressure, balance sugar levels, relieve pain, calm nerves, and it has been used to treat ulcers. Raw honey is also an expectorant and anti-inflammatory and has been known to effectively treat respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and asthma.

Raw honey purchased from a local source is an excellent way of treating seasonal allergies. Local honey is preferred for treating allergies because the likelihood is great that it will contain small amounts of the specific pollens an individual may be allergic to."

- From Natural News

We buy raw, unfiltered, unheated honey from Stockin's Apiaries, located 13 miles from our home, at the local farmer's market. For treating allergies, it's suggested you use honey from within a 20 mile radius of your home, but that's not always possible, so just go for as close as you can. 

Use the Honey Locator to find apiaries near you, and be sure to check out your local farmer's markets and health food stores. They may not mention "raw honey" but any apiary is going to start with raw; just call and ask if it's available, and where you can buy it.

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