Why Use Raw Honey?

Raw honey and butter on toast

Unlike refined sugar which has all the good stuff stripped out in processing, raw honey still has good enzymes in it to aid in digestion.  Honey is a natural sugar, a monosaccaride (allowed on SCD and GAPS diets) that has been valued throughout history. This raw opaque honey from Tropical Traditions still contains the pollen, which if you get local honey, is thought to help prevent seasonal allergies.  I think only clear honey is allowed on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, but GAPS allows opaque.  Not recommend for children under one year of age due to the (very very very small) risk of botulism.

The benefits of honey:
  • Honey may keep blood sugar more steady than refined sugar 
  • Can be applied to a wound for antibacterial affect (it sucks the water right out of bad bacteria cells)
  • Contains enzymes to help us with digestion.  In Nourishing Traditions Sally Fallon says that if you spread honey on a piece of bread, the enzymes in the honey will start to pre-digest the bread for you.  
  • In labor, honey can be a great way to keep your energy up.  Since it's a monosaccaride, it's absorbed directly into the blood stream so it's not adding any more work to digest.  I keep a bottle of honey with my birth supplies.

Uses for honey:
I am learning that honey can replace sugar in nearly every recipe.  I've started making cookies with honey rather than sugar, and I use it in my whole wheat bread as well.   Due to cost, I use the less expensive pasteurized honey from Costco in everything that will be cooked.  I save raw honey to stir into my coffee, to mix with water for the toddler's 'juice' in a pinch, and to spread on toast or other things that aren't going to be too hot to ruin the enzymes.  We like our yogurt sour, but if you like sweeter yogurt, honey would be a great addition to that too.

Tropical Traditions honey is great because it comes in a glass jar, is organic, and is raw! The only thing better would be local.

Honey almond brittle
About fermented honey from the Weston Price site
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