Raw unfiltered honey is a very different product from the filtered honey sold in supermarkets. Educate yourself to know the differences and to know what you're really getting.
Not all honey is created equal. The honey that you buy in the supermarket is not the same as raw unfiltered honey. In fact, an estimated 76 percent of honey sold in American supermarkets is fake. Most of it has been modified and lacks the nutrients that make real, pure honey so healthy. Here are some facts you should know about honey before you go shopping.
1. Raw unfiltered honey contains bee pollen, which has long been considered one of nature’s most nourishing foods. Bee pollen is packed with protein, and has been used in Chinese medicine to improve unbalanced nutrition, vitality, longevity, and energy. It is also used for weight control, beauty, anti-aging, allergies, and overall health.
2. When honey is ultra-filtered or pasteurized, the bee pollen is removed and its many benefits are lost. Companies originally started filtering because it extended the product’s shelf life, but left it devoid of nutrition in the process.
3. Many companies add High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) to honey, made from genetically modified corn. According to Organics.org, “HFCS has been linked to diabetes, obesity, hypertension and liver damage, and leads to plaque buildup and narrowing of blood vessels.”
4. Many supermarket honeys are mass-produced and imported from China and India (sometimes blended). Imported honeys have a history of contamination, which results in mass recalls when caught. In 2003 Smuckers recalled over 12,000 cases honey and Sara Lee recalled products which had used 100,000 $ of that same honey; it had come from China and was contaminated with chloramphenicol (used in eye drops with linked side effect of leukaemia).
5. It’s almost impossible to find organic honey. Considering that bees fly a couple miles away from their hive, there are far too many non-organic farmers and neighborhoods to be able to guarantee whether a particular honey is pesticide-free. As Ready Nutrition blogger Tess Pennington points out, “A hive would have to be in the center of a minimum of 16 square miles of organic plants” in order to be truly organic. Also, there are no USDA standards for organic honey; it’s pretty much an arbitrary label.
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The best place to shop for honey is locally. That way you know exactly where the honey comes from, and you can ask the beekeeper about which kinds of flowers the bees forage on, whether they use additives, if the honey has been filtered, etc. By supporting local business, you’ll get a higher quality product.
Bonus For The Ladies:8 Ways to Use Honey To Pamper Your Skin And Hair!
Legend has it that honey was Cleopatra’s preferred weapon in her beauty arsenal, and now science is catching up to what many women have known for years. Honey, especially raw or unpasteurized, is a fabulously versatile and all-natural ingredient to use on skin. It’s full of antioxidants, which are good for wrinkles and aging skin. It is antibacterial, which helps with acne treatments and prevention. It clarifies skin by opening up and unclogging pores. It’s also a great moisturizer that soothes irritationand blemishes, and it leaves a lovely afterglow. Try the following recipes for an effective,at-home spa treatment.
1. Moisturizing honey masks
Make sure your hair is pulled back from your face before starting one of these recipes. Your face will feel clean and soft afterwards.
1) Scoop a generous spoonful of honey into your hand and spread all over your face. Rub it into your skin and let sit for 5-30 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
2) Combine 1 tbsp buttermilk, 1 tsp honey, and 1 egg yolk. Apply to clean skin and let sit 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
2. Honey facial cleanser
Honey is good at dissolving makeup residue, especially when mixed with a gentle oil. Combine honey and jojoba OR coconut oil to create an easily spreadable texture. Rub it into your skin, avoiding eye area, to loosen makeup and unclog pores. Rinse with warm water.
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3. Honey almond body scrub
This scrub is finger-licking good. The texture from the ground almonds exfoliates the skin, while both the almonds and honey moisturize. Combine 2 tsp. ground almonds and 2 tsp. honey to form a paste. Rub into your face with a circular motion. Rinse with warm water. You could easily increase the quantities to treat your whole body.
4. Honey skin lotion
If you’re feeling that dry winter skin coming on, mix a spoonful of honey with a teaspoon of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice (a natural skin brightener). Apply this lotion to dry areas and let sit for 20 minutes. Wipe off with a warm washcloth.
5. Lemon-honey facial treatment
This is a fun one that’s a bit different. I found it on a DIY natural beauty blog. Lemons are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. They also contain alpha hydroxy acids that exfoliate. Cut a lemon in half and remove the seeds. Add 1 tsp honey to one of the lemon halves. Rub the cut side all over your face. Let it sit 5 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
6. Honey hair shine-boosting rinse
There are two options. 1) Combine a spoonful of honey with a quart of warm water. Rinse through hair after shampooing. Let it condition for an hour, then rinse. 2) Mix 1-1/2 tsp honey with 5 cups warm water. Rinse through hair and leave on. Dry and style as usual.
7. Cleopatra’s milk-and-honey bath soak
Combine ¼ cup honey with 2 cups milk and a few drops of essential oil. Add to a hot bath, sit back, and relax.
8. Honey exfoliant
Use this scrub once a week to soften and clarify your skin. Mix 2 parts honey with 1 part baking soda and rub into your face. This is also good for a full body scrub.
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