You’ve probably heard about the health benefits you can get with honey. If not, then here’s a quick look of the gains you can get from this sweet gift from the bees:
- Help fight allergies
- Rich in phytochemicals
- Can protect against viruses and bacteria
- Can stop inflammation
- Can improve eye health
- Can boost the immune system
- Promote absorption of minerals, including selenium and calcium
What is the Best Honey?
Different kinds and grades of honey are available and as a consumer, you should know which to pick. In general, there are three types of honey you can find:
1. Raw Honey
Most experts would agree that this type is the best honey when it comes to aroma, flavor, and the health benefits. Raw means it is untreated and if it underwent a process, it is minimal with no additives or anything removed. Don’t mistake raw honey with organic honey as organic has minimal levels of additives. You can get raw honey from a trusted beekeeper.
2. Wild Honey
This comes from Peruvian rainforests and what makes this different than other types is that it is not as sweet as them. Wild honey has a rich amber color and often contains bee particles, barks, twigs, or wax because it is unfiltered. You can find this type of honey in open markets along the Amazon River.
3. Manuka Honey
One of the most popular types of honey, manuka is originally from New Zealand’s manuka flowers. This is a well-loved type of honey because it has been approved by the FDA for treating skin ulcers and wounds. It can stimulate healing of tissues and may be used to cure pressure sores. When buying manuka honey, you should look at the label and choose one that says it has a UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) of at least 5. Manuka honey is best when processed for easy use.
Processed honey can be filtered and creamed. Filtered means most of the pollen from honey is removed, which produces a very clear product. Meanwhile, creamed honey, which is also known as whipped, candied, or churned, is when honey is produced by controlling the process of crystallization. In this case, there will be very fine crystals in the product that can give the liquid a soft texture, allowing it to be spread easily.
When buying honey, always choose raw honey first from your local beekeeper. This type of honey can boost your immune system better than other types, which can help protect you against seasonal allergies. But if a beekeeper is not within your reach, honey from your local store that says “100% pure” or “organic” is the best choice, especially as replacement for refined sugar.