Honey is made by bees using nectar produced from the pollen of flowers. While honey is not vegan, it is highly nutritious and is often used in raw food recipes. Truly raw, unpasteurized honey contains pollen, propolis, honeycomb and live enzymes. Local raw honey is often sought after by allergy sufferers as the pollen impurities are thought to lessen the sensitivity to hay fever.
The health benefits of honey depend on the quality of the honey you’re eating. I recommend purchasing raw local honey at farmer’s markets if you can. Most honey found in regular supermarkets are nothing more than sugar. If you don’t have access to local raw honey, the next best thing is Really Raw Honey – it is a totally unprocessed whole food, that is never heated or strained, and contains all the pollen, propolis, vitamins, enzymes and trace minerals the bee’s put into it.
Nutrition:The phytonutrients found in honey have been shown to possess cancer-preventing and anti-tumor properties. These substances include caffeic acid methyl caffeate, phenylethyl caffeate, and phenylethyl dimethylcaffeate. Researchers have discovered that these substances prevent colon cancer in animals by shutting down activity of two enzymes, phosphatidylinositol-specific phospholipase C and lipoxygenase. When raw honey is extensively processed and heated, the benefits of these phytonutrients are largely eliminated.
Uses: Honey is an all-purpose sweetener that is great in smoothies, drinks and desserts.
Buy raw honey at shopOrganic or at your local farmer’s market.