Be Healthy, Be Happy # 38

HONEY – Health Benefits

How many of you consume honey on a regular basis? I enjoy a little raw, organic (or pure) honey almost every morning with my green tea. Honey can be considered as a “natural sweetener” and there is also much evidence for various health benefits.

If I ever feel any upper respiratory discomfort, such as a scratchy feeling in my throat especially, I will take a big spoon of honey, topped with some cinnamon (usually from Ceylon), and that usually seems to provide quick and effective relief; often preventing the symptoms from worsening.

I also use raw, organic honey in some of my primal-paleo recipes for healthy “comfort foods,” such as pancakes, muffins, energy bars, and even cookies at times. My wife often reminds me that I need to keep her supplied with her favorite chocolate chip cookies, made with either almond flour or coconut flour, along with honey and a few other ingredients.

One important consideration is to be sure that the honey you consume is actually pure honey. There are many brands of honey sold in stores everywhere that include additional ingredients which are usually not healthy. All you want is pure honey, with nothing added. Here is a short video, sharing some ways to test the quality of your honey.

As for taste, I personally prefer a darker honey, which may have more antioxidant qualities; and I also enjoy the flavor more than lighter color honeys. My own favorite brand of honey here in Bangkok is Dr. G. Longan Flower PREMIUM quality – dark and delicious!

For all you honey lovers out there, be sure you are enjoying the best quality possible.


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