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Honey is a wonderful substitute for refined sugar. The health benefits of raw honey include antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant properties to name a few.
Health benefits of raw honey
Well, first of all, it tastes amazing! Honey has such an unusual, wonderful taste. It is twice as sweet as granulated sugar. It is a great substitute for granulated sugar because it is a natural sweetener and, raw honey, is not refined like granulated sugar.
There are numerous health benefits of raw honey. First of all, honey has antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant properties. That’s enough to do a happy dance. However, here are a few more health benefits of raw honey.
7 Benefits of raw honey
1. Healing wounds
Before Penicillin, there was honey! It has been used to treat wounds for centuries. It is great for treating wounds because of its medicinal properties mentioned above. I have tested this many times. Case in point, I have used honey to treat deep cuts. I applied honey to the wound once a day for two days and the wound was healed.
2. Cough medicine
Honey is a demulcent, meaning it soothes irritation of the throat by providing a protective film. Again, I have personal experience with this claim. That’s why I use it in my homemade cough syrup.
3. Treating dandruff
Because it is an antifungal, it is helpful in eliminating dandruff. I haven’t tried this yet as I would find it odd putting honey on my scalp. I’m kind of weird like that. 😉 However, I thought it was strange applying honey to my wounds as well, and that turned out really well.
4. Combating allergies
Local honey can be used to treat allergies because pure honey contains pollen. When ingested, a small amount of allergen is injected into your body which helps to build resistance over time. I know this is true as well. I used to have mild seasonal allergies. However, in the last few years I have been eating raw, local honey almost daily (typically in my coffee but also in my smoothies and on my cereal). My seasonal allergies have disappeared.
5. Treating infections
Honey can be used to treat infections due to its medicinal properties. In particular, the anti-bacterial properties are particularly helpful here.
6. Strengthening your immune system
Honey has pollen and antioxidants that help to build the immune system. Antioxidants in honey also help to protect against cancer.
7. Vitamins and minerals
Raw honey contains 22 amino acids and 5000 enzymes. In addition, it contains 27 minerals including iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and selenium and vitamins such as vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and niacin.
Adding honey to your diet
Since there are many health benefits of raw honey, I recommend adding it your diet and, ideally, replacing refined sugar with honey (or maple syrup). Although, I don’t recommend eating too much honey either because it will still elevate your blood sugar.
If you have diabetes, you should consider stevia as stevia does not raise your blood sugar like other types of sugar (including honey and maple syrup).
There are many ways to add honey to your diet. Among other natural sweeteners, I like to add it to smoothies, to cereal, to tea (this cinnamon tea tastes amazing) and to my coffee; sometimes I use stevia in my tea.
Baking with honey
Although there are many health benefits of raw honey and it is a good idea to add it to your diet, baking with honey is not ideal. One reason is that it can cause mucus buildup. In addition, baking with honey removes the beneficial properties from raw honey. However, I personally believe this is a minor issue because the amount one person would eat in one serving of baked goods is negligible. Furthermore, it is often necessary (and advisable) to substitute natural, healthy sweeteners for refined sugar.
Whether or not you bake with honey is your choice. If you decide to bake with it, you’ll need to follow these guidelines: reduce the temperature by 25 degrees Fahrenheit, add ¼ tsp of baking soda per 1 cup of honey, substitute ½ cup of honey per 1 cup of sugar and reduce other liquids by ¼ cup.
*Important – Do not give honey to infants under 1 year old because it contains a bacteria that can cause infant botulism.
*Manuka honey is best for treating wounds because it comes from the Manuka bush, which is a medicinal plant with additional healing benefits. It has a stronger taste than regular honey. It is more expensive as well.
*Raw honey is not pasteurized. In addition, it has not had its beneficial properties removed through chemical refining processes.
*If you consume honey, please do your part for the bees and for humanity and plant some wildflowers. Bees are dying out and this is a problem for everyone. See this video that helps explain the importance of bees and their role in sustaining life on this planet.
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I wish you health and happiness! 🙂