Honey: The Liquid Gold Of Paleo Health
Whether in your favorite tea, as spread, or in modern fancy baking, honey is an all-time staple we consume on a daily basis.
Nutritionists use it as a substitute for sugar, supporting their choice with the lower glycemic index in honey and the antioxidant and antimicrobial properties which are not present in table sugar. Compared to sugar, honey is a natural sweetener and subject to only minimal heating. Sugar is processed by manufacturing; the high heat destroys vitamins and enzymes in the sugar cane, leaving it as “empty calories.”
So the big question for our readers though, “is honey paleo?”
Honey is the most natural sweetener you can use and “paleo approved” because you can bet our hunter-gatherer ancestors were enjoying a bit of this sweet treat. But of course only in small quantities.
What makes honey so popular?
Honey collection is an ancient activity. A cave painting in Valencia, Spain, shows evidence that humans already hunted for honey at least 8,000 years ago.
Honey was used in many cultures. It played a major role in traditional ayurvedic medicine as both internal and external applications. Ancient Egyptian and Middle Eastern people embalmed the dead with honey. In Greek, honey was referred to as “The nectar Of The Gods” and known as a source to ensure good health. Untraceable to its origin has been the art of beekeeping in ancient China. During the Spring And Autumn Period, some parts of the book Golden Rules of Business Success written by Fan Li (or Tao Zhu Gong) mention the art of beekeeping and the importance of the quality of the wooden box for beekeeping that can affect the quality of its honey.
Health benefits of honey
As of ancient times honey is used for its healing properties in today’s medicine.
Treating Wounds, Antibacterial and Antifungal Properties
There have been some cases in which people have reported positive effects of honey in treating wounds. Rose Cooper, a microbiologist at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, and colleagues have shown that natural honey kills bacteria three times more effectively than artificial honey solution, stopping bacteria from growing.
Weight Loss and Cold Remedy
Honey consumed with warm water helps digesting the fat stored in your body. Combined with lemon juice it can help regulating the function of the metabolism, ease colds and sore throats. Children often sleep better and cough less when given a little honey before bed. Cinnamon and honey can help with weight loss as cinnamon has been shown to have a regulation on blood sugar levels and the metabolism of glucose. A mixture of both can be powerful to boost your weight loss efforts.
Vitamin And Mineral Source
Honey contains a variety of vitamins and minerals, depending on the types of flowers used for apiculture. Some of the vitamins are B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin and pantothenic acid. The amino acids in honey are important for our health, because amino acids make up all the protein our body. The minerals found in honey include calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc.
Honey contains polyphenols, which are also found in olive oil, tea, fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants are known to minimize damage to your cells from free radicals.
Honey helps skin stay hydrated and fresh, prevents drying and absorbs impurities from the pores on the skin, making it an ideal cleansing agent. The natural antioxidant and anti-microbial properties help to protect the skin from the damage of the sun’s rays.
Uses for Honey
Nowadays, there are so many recipes that uses honey. Instead of sugar, honey can be used in glazes for browning roasted or baked food. It is a great addition in pasties as well as cakes. It’s a natural preservative for pickles and sauces. Always welcomed as a natural sweetener for hot teas, it adds color and contributes a delightful golden hue to sauces, dressings, jellies, and frozen desserts.
We at pure+paleo know how important high quality products are for health and wellbeing. That’s why we use local Okangan, BC honey as a superfood in our Paleo Chocolate Pyramids.
We’ve even been to the farm where our honey comes from and checked out their process. We buy all our honey from Planet Bee in the Okanagan in British Colombia.