Everybody likes honey and when we think of honey, it’s usually associated with a positive thought or feeling. There’s much more to honey than one can think, so let’s start off with some highlights and benefits:
- Honey can boost Gastrointestinal Health Research has linked honey to an improvement in coughing and other respiratory conditions
- Because of honey’s trace nutrients, the sweetener has been thought to have antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, along with healing potential for ailments such as sore throats, digestive disorders and burns.
Caution! Be weary of fake honey
Counterfeit honey is honey mixed with other sugar syrups. While these contaminating syrups aren’t likely to be harmful, they might have different nutrient profiles, sweetness levels, glycemic indexes, and have undergone different processing.
Synthetic honey is commonly made from cheap corn syrup
There was a case where a Polish company sold honey labeled as genuine, when in fact, it came from China. The honey contained high levels of Terramycin ( oxytetracycline) and Tylan (tylosin), two of the most commonly used antibiotics for honey bees. After someone nearly died from this, the news became headlines and the company was in trouble.
- Be weary when honey is labeled as “ultrafiltrated.”
- Don’t be fooled by honey labeled as “pure”- this doesn’t actually guarantee purity.
- Look for the label “True Source Certified” instead (www.forbes.com/sites/larryolmsted/2016/07/15/exclusive-book-excerpt-honey-is-worlds-third-most-faked-food/amp/).
Consuming honey in moderation is always recommended
Every table spoon of honey contains at least 17 grams of sugar according to the USDA’s food composition database. The American Heart Association recommends that most women consume no more than 25 grams or (6 teaspoons) of total added sugar per day.
There are over 300 different honey varieties and selecting the right type can be a hassle. If you ask me, I enjoy eating Manukah honey. Follow this link to shop honey selections: https://amzn.to/2QjySMM.
Hope you enjoyed this read and please comment below or any honey you would like to recommend.