Is honey good for us?
Raw honey has been enjoyed thoughout history and has always been known for its health benefits and medical uses.
It has a source of antioxidants with compounds known as polyphenols which may play a role in preventing heart disease.
Phytonutrients give raw honey it’s antibacterial and antifungal power, as well as it’s antioxidant properties, showing good immune boosting and anti cancer benefits.
Honey contains antioxidants, which can protect the body from inflammation, which can lead to a variety of health issues, including auto immune disorders, heart disease and cancer.
It is also known to help with some digestive issues and has proved to be effective as a treatment for Helicobacter pylori bacteria (H-Pylori) which is a common cause of some ulcers, which are associated with stomach cancer.
Store bought honey generally has been pasteurised to extend it’s shelf life. Some of the beneficial nutrients are destroyed in the process due to the high heat used to kill the yeast and improve the texture and colour.
Why is Manuka honey so expensive?
Manuka honey is also known to have antibacterial effects, and is said to be effective for treating everything from a sore throat to clearing up blemishes on your skin or providing wound care.
The word “Manuka” comes from the Maori name for a tree.
Genuine Manuka Honey has a nice medium sweetness to it, sometimes with a nutty taste and a very subtle, slightly bitter aftertaste.
It is also a popular remedy for colds and flu, and I know of some people who will only buy Manuka honey for the special properties that it is known to possess.
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The Manuka tree is no longer abundant in New Zealand. It generally grows at a higher altitude, so it makes it harder for beekeepers to access for packing and distribution.
This is the reason it tends to be more expensive than other types of honey.
Risks of raw honey for babies
While it has plenty of beneficial properties, raw honey can also carry harmful bacteria such as Clostridium botulinum which is particularly dangerous for babies.
Raw honey should never be given to a baby less than a year old.
Did you know?
On average, a honey bee will visit 100 flowers during one foraging trip, so they are extremely hardworking in their short lives estimated to be as little as 6 weeks.
Bees make honey for bees, but many people also enjoy it’s beneficial health benefits.
Some research tells us that “worker bees “make only about 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in their short lifetimes.
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So enjoy your garden with it’s many flowers, as you watch the little worker bees foraging away during their short little lives.
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