(No, not that kind of honey!) We’re talking about that sweet, gooey nectar that is made from hardworking honey bees as they buzz from flower to flower. Honey is like gold! Not only does it offer super-yumminess, it offers many health benefits. Some of these include its powerful antioxidant effects which reduce the risk of chronic ailments, brain health, nutrition, gastrointestinal health, and antibacterial benefits. Studies conducted on Manuka honey from New Zealand and Australia have been proven to be efficient in the treatment skin disorders, oral health, inflammatory bowel disease, and wound care. Most honey found in supermarket shelves may contain added sugars due to intense heating in the pasteurization process and some believe that this process reduces the amount of nutrients and the antioxidants in the honey. Raw honey, on the other hand, hold the nutrition that may have been lost due to the pasteurization process. Finding quality Manuka honey can be challenging as it can be costly. For our family, we find that our favorite raw honeys - orange blossom, wildflower, or sage honey - are easy to find from a local beekeeper at our Saturday's farmers market. Not only is it convenient, it is affordable as well. You can find locally sourced raw honey from local beekeeper nearest you. (It should be noted that young children under the age of 12 months should never be given raw honey or any foods that contain raw honey due to the possibility of food poisoning called botulism. For more information on this see Foods and Drinks to Limit.)
Did you know that honey has been around for thousands of years and used by ancient civilizations? Check it out!