Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Know Your Honey

If you are not keeping bees, at least make the effort to get to know one of your local beekeepers so that you can buy direct since “from-the-hive-to-the-table” is the only way to go…  The payback of raw honey is worth much more that the monetary costs.  The first thing you should know is the difference between “raw” honey and “regular” honey. πŸ

Commercial, processed honey is a marketing aesthetic choice.  Grocery stores demand a consistent appearance, regardless of what damages these processes can create.    Raw honey has a somewhat milky look while regular honey is a consistent clear, golden-amber color.   Raw honey contains loads of enzymes and antioxidants that are ruined during pasteurization.  The heating and pasteurization of regular honey is what destroys all of the honey’s benefits.  Raw honey is solid at room temperature while “regular” honey is merely a thick liquid that is considered “dead.”  If you listen to "so-called-experts," they will tell you there are dangers in eating unpasteurized honey.  Our ancestors would strongly disagree. πŸ

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Raw honey provides a multitude of vitamins and minerals and is considered beneficial for many ailments and illnesses.  It can also be used topically for wounds, burns and other afflictions as it has antibiotic properties and enzymes that heal abrasions while destroy pathogens.  Regular honey is subjected to filtering, which is done by heating the honey to 150°-170° F making it easier to pass through filters. πŸ

By heating and filtering, the honey loses so many nutritional benefits, as well as the bee pollen, which is extremely useful to those prone to allergies.  If you are buying directly from a beekeeper, they should also have pure pollen available, too.  There is also a process called “ultra-filtering” which consists of forcing honey (often mixed with water or other liquids) through a variety of untra-fine filters which removes all of the pollen, transforming it into a manufactured non-honey without health benefits.  Pasteurization also strips the yeast cells.  After stripping all of the beneficial properties, it affects fragrance, taste, nutritional values and color/consistency.  These heating processes succeed in stripping all of the health benefits away and transforming it to one of a completely unnatural state. πŸ

Commercial – or regular – honey is one of the most altered and adulterated food products being sold in the United States.  And, a majority of the commercial brands are not even produced in this country, resulting in the additions of fructose, corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, antibiotics and, even, poisonous contaminants, as there are no strict guidelines governing imported “bee” products.   Some imported honeys are not even produced by bees, but created using sweeteners and abnormal processing procedures.  Which would you rather eat?  Something straight from the hive or something created in a lab? 🐝

Probably the most amazing aspect of real, raw honey is that it never goes bad.  There are even reports of crocks of honey being found in the Great Pyramids and, when opened, were still as fresh and tasty as the day they were sealed so long ago.   It has been called a “miracle food” and, based on research, that seems to be true.   When you are adding honey to your pantry, make sure you know what you are buying.  Always buy pure, raw honey for your health and well-being.  πŸ

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To A Life Of Simplicity
Happy Homesteading!
~ Susan & Rick
Celtic Acres Farm

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Susan along with her husband, Rick, are the owners of Celtic Acres Farm, an organic, self-sufficient, off-grid farm where they raise chickens, ducks, goats and a pig, rescue dogs and cats, grow their own heirloom, non-gmo produce, create handmade crafts and home dΓ©cor items, and strive to live a self-sustaining lifestyle while attempting to carve out that little piece of paradise where they can live free, breathe free and commune with nature.
Celtic Acres Farms is committed to healthy animals, a greener planet, recycling-reusing-repurposing, while maintaining our rural heritage and sharing it with others. We believe that we must all lead the way to a more sustainable future while never forgetting the things of the past. 

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