Honey is an amazing natural sweetener and we constantly get the question “is honey good for you?”
The answer is more complicated than a simple yes or no and deserves to be explored.
Whenever we are determining whether or not we should we be consuming a certain food, we have to turn to the consumption concept.
This concept makes us think about what it would take for us to harvest the certain food in nature.
Nature has a way of tempering our consumption of certain foods in many ways.
When it comes to honey, you may have to fight off some beers and an entire colony of bees in order to get your hands on a small amount of honey.
This tells us that we’re not meant to be consuming large quantities of it.
Think of the thousands of bees it takes in order to create just a small quantity of honey.
Harvesting honey also means that we’re taking that food source from the bees.
It is necessary to consider the health of the bees when it comes to honey consumption.
If we are to completely rob them of their food source, they won’t be able to pollinate the plants that we need to grow for a food source.
Are bees dying off?
Our future is closely linked to the bees and we cannot forget this when it comes to the harvesting of honey.
The current bee crisis threatens the pollination of future food harvests and we must pay attention to the causes.
Currently, entire colonies of bees are dying off at an alarming rate because their immune systems are being weakened.
Entire colonies of bees are dying off at an alarming rate because their immune systems are being weakened.
The pesticides used in GMO farming make their way into the bee colonies as those bees pollinate the crops.
The class of pesticides used are decimating bee colonies and threatening our future food harvests.
Another factor to consider is the massive amount of electromagnetic frequencies that may be affecting bee hives.
A study was conducted in India that showed how the presence of a cell phone near a beehive caused the colony to decrease in size dramatically and also cause the bees to stop producing honey.
This study was conducted in India that showed how the presence of a cell phone near a beehive caused the colony to decrease in size dramatically.
It also cause the bees to stop producing honey.
Beyond the environmental impacts, most of the commercial honey products on grocery store shelves are supplemented.
Commercial honeys are often packed with high fructose corn syrup and other processed sugars.
Large manufacturers do this to cover the cost of production.
Is Honey Healthier Than Sugar?
If it’s a commercial honey product – say no to it.
If it is wild, organic and you know that the bee farmer is responsibly taking care of bees – go for it!
The price will inevitably be steep so you won’t want to consume mass amounts of it.
If you don’t want to go that route, consider turning to coconut palm sugar or an all natural maple syrup.
At Sweet Freedom, we choose the more natural sweeteners as those are the ones our bodies have evolved to consume.
Natural honey is rich in antioxidants and the more natural your source of honey is, the more nutritious and delicious it will be.
But remember, eating too much honey can have negative health consequences.
Keep your consumption of honey mindful of how much you’d be able to source yourself in nature.