Honey

Everybody loves the taste of honey…. That golden nectar made for us by the amazing honey bee.

My favorite is MANUKA HONEY FROM NEW ZEALAND.  It is a bit more expensive than regular local honeys but this magnificent honey is worth it’s weight in gold.  Not only does it taste wonderful, it has so many health benefits.  If you are like me, you only put food into your body that has health promoting properties.  Manuka Honey stands up to the task.  This nectar is produced by European honey bees that feed on the Manuka or tea tree which grows wild in New Zealand and Australia.  Manuka honey is a bit darker than regular honey and has a bit stronger taste to it and is so flavorful.

The healing properties of this great gift from nature are plentiful.  Manuka honey has been shown to help heal stomach ulcers by inhibiting the growth of helicobacter pylori which is the bacteria responsible for ulcers.  This honey is also great used on burns or sores as it is very antibacterial and at the same time nourishing.  When you feel the onset of a cold or sore throat coming take a few teaspoons of Manuka throughout the day straight off of the spoon.

Personally, I use Manuka on my Manna Bread….an occassional treat I sometimes include in my breakfast regime.  I also add Manuka honey to my salad vinaigrettes.

Honey is  nutritious if you are using a good, raw, unpasteurized, unadulterated kind such as Manuka.    Using honey local to your area has its benefits too. 

When you compare honey to sugar the differences are big.  White table sugar is all sucrose.  Good honey is made up of glucose, fructose, minerals, enzymes, vitamins and antioxidants.  There are many foods more nutritious than honey but when compared to sugar, honey wins the race.  It contains small amounts of iron, B6, copper, phosphorous, Vitamin C, zinc, magnesium and calcium.  Honey helps the body absorb calcium and magnesium.  Honey has also been touted a good food to help with a hang-over.  It normalizes kidney function and benefits the liver.

Many of the honey brands on the shelves of the big box stores are likely from China and contain zero pollen which means it is not even honey.   It is imitation syrup made from cane sugar and high fructose corn syrup, some added colour and chemical additives.    Don’t get caught in the scam.  Make your dollars work for you.  Be selective when choosing your honey products.  It is worth going for the gold when selecting honey for our household.  The best choice  is the raw, unfiltered honey you would find at your local health food store.  It is a healthy sweetener.

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