Isn’t it just the weirdest thing that we can look at two products and they can appear exactly the same, yet one is more ‘whole’ than the other?
With food, it’s all about how it’s been treated, before it gets to you. And with a product like honey, well, the stuff in the supermarket is different to what comes out of a beehive. Even though it might look the same. And it’s a shame.
Now, before I go any further, I know there’s lots of talk about sweeteners and sugar and my preference (but not always my practice, if I’m being totally honest) is to limit the sweet stuff. Thing is, I haven’t ‘quit sugar’. I really enjoy a sweet hit. But I choose my sweeteners carefully. And I eat them in moderation (mostly!)
All of them are as whole as possible.
It’s a shame that sugar is in almost EVERYTHING that lines the supermarket shelves. My take on it, for what it’s worth, is that if I have removed all unnecessary added sweeteners from our diet, by eating predominately whole, real food prepared at home, then adding a touch of raw honey into the mix is certainly not the worst thing I can do!
When I started learning about honey and all the health benefits of RAW honey, I thought I needed to get my hands on some.
Here’s why it’s better:
Raw honey has not been heat-treated, therefore it retains all it’s goodness. What you see on the supermarket shelf has been heated and pasteurized and therefore not it’s true form.
“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.”
Here’s where I found it:
It’s surprising how many places I ended up seeing raw honey advertised. My local butchers have it and funnily enough my husband works with a guy who has bees and brings in big tubs and sells them for $8! So awesome! I also find it at markets and some health food shops and co-operatives. I remember a place in Sydney when we lived there called Alfalfa House and you could bring your own jar in and fill it up from a massive bucket. So much cheaper to do it that way.
Here’s what I do with it:
My son loves honey and he has it on sourdough toast
I cook with it, like in my muesli bar recipe
I add it to salad dressings – one part honey, one part tamari, two parts olive oil.
It gets drizzled over porridge and added to bliss balls.