Raw honey is an amazing thing. Besides being the only food we eat, produced by insects, it’s also an incredibly healthy and beneficial treat. Check out some pretty cool facts about this sticky sweet delight.
1. What’s Raw Honey made of?
Raw honey contains 80% natural sugars, 18% water and 2% vitamins, minerals, pollen and protein. It’s rich in vitamin B6, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin and pantothenic acid, although amounts differ depending on the honey floral variety. Minerals include calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc. You can get a detailed breakdown of components here.
2. Raw Honey Can Help With Weight Loss
Replacing sugar with honey can help prevent packing on extra weight and can lower blood sugar. While there has not been a lot of conclusive research, healthline.com states that one study found that replacing sucrose with honey can help prevent weight gain, while another showed that it can activate hormones that suppress the appetite. It might not be a silver bullet, but raw honey definitely offers an advantage when trying to eat a healthier diet.
3. Raw Honey Is A Fantastic Source Of Energy
Honey is easily absorbed in our bodies. It’s ideal for starting your morning and an effective carbohydrate for boosting endurance during exercise. It’s easy to incorporate honey into a quick snack, check out these suggestions below from this article.
- Add a tablespoon of honey to 8 ounces of water for a budget-friendly energy drink.
- Mix honey with cream cheese or nut butter for an energy-boosting fruit and vegetable dip.
- Spread nut butter, honey and sliced bananas on a whole-wheat sandwich thin.
- If you have time to prepare food in advance, try this honey quinoa breakfast bake, honey peanut butter protein energy balls or honey-pecan salmon.
4. Raw Honey Can Help Some People Combat Allergies
The trace amounts of pollen in local raw honey can help some people combat allergies through immunotherapy. In other words, your body can build up an immunity to the allergies through contact with small amounts of the offending pollen. It’s not a fix for everyone but you can find out more about it here.
5. Honey Has Healing Characteristics
Honey is naturally antibacterial and reacts with the body’s fluids, making hydrogen peroxide. It can be found in bandages and as a topical treatment for burns. In short, it makes a very inhospitable environment for bacteria. This is also why honey can last forever if sealed in an airtight container. You can learn about the science behind honey’s healing in this article.
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