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Why Raw Honey Is Best

Nov 30, 2013 03:02PM

Raw honey is the concentrated nectar of flowers; it is unheated, pure, unpasteurized, and unprocessed, and contains natural vitamins, enzymes, antioxidants and other important nutrients. Because nutrients can be destroyed during the pasteurization (heating) process, pasteurized honey is equivalent to — and just as unhealthy as — eating refined sugar. Much of the honey found in the supermarket is not raw honey but commercial-grade honey, which has been pasteurized (heated at 158°F/70°C or more, followed by rapid cooling) and processed so that it is easier to handle and package. As a result, commercially processed honey’s delicate aromas, vitamins and minerals are less apparent. Processed honey can additionally be tainted with pesticides, illegal antibiotics, heavy metals and watered down with high fructose corn syrup.

Raw honey has been used for centuries for its antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. It promotes body and digestive health, is a powerful antioxidant, strengthens the immune system, addresses allergies, acts as an expectorant and is an anti-inflammatory food. Raw honey is also an excellent remedy for the skin. It can be applied topically to heal wounds and rashes.

For a spa-like treatment: Mix 1 tablespoon of yogurt with 1 tablespoon of raw honey and apply to clean, moist skin for a few minutes. Enjoy the hydrating, moisturizing, and soothing benefits. Rinse with tepid water and pat dry.

Jersey Buzz, LLC provides local raw to international honeys and honey-related products. For further information, visit JerseyBuzz.net.

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