The Benefits of Eating Natural, Organic Honey
Natural organic honey has been used as a remedy over hundreds of years and has many health benefits and medical uses. Many of the health benefits that come with natural organic honey are specific to the purest kind. High in beneficial plant compounds and with several different health benefits, it’s no surprise that honey is a popular food product.
As honey is an all-natural and readily available health option for most households and can easily be consumed on a daily basis. Here is a look into how honey can boost your overall health and some benefits that come from eating natural, organic honey.
Natural Organic Honey Contains Nutrients
Honey is made by bees collecting sugar (mostly from sugar-rich nectar of flowers) from their surrounding environment. The end product is natural organic honey, which is a liquid that gets stored in beehives. Interestingly, the smell, colour and taste of honey all depend on the types of flowers that bees have visited.
Whilst the amounts are minimal, there are around 31 different minerals that have been found in honey, including all of the main minerals that we need for a healthy body. Whilst honey doesn’t provide large percentages of nutrients, it certainly helps to keep your body healthy. 1 tablespoon of honey (around 21 grams) contains 17 grams of sugar and just 64 calories, making natural organic honey a great sugar swap for certain things.
Natural Organic Honey Can Support Gut Health
Natural Organic Honey contains many prebiotic properties, which can help to ferment the beneficial bacteria found in the gut. This has been linked to developing a stronger immune function and system and enhanced mental well-being, as well as soothing gut inflammation.
Natural Organic Honey Can Soothe Cold & Flu Symptoms
During the winter months, respiratory infections, colds and flu are common illnesses that can affect anyone and often, soothing the symptoms can be difficult. Most medications are not always effective and this can make you feel worse, rather than better. Evidence suggests that honey can be a better choice and is more effective than common cough and cold medications. When you’ve got a sore throat or cough, stir in a teaspoon or two of honey to a cup of tea with lemon for instant relief.
How To Choose The Best Natural Organic Honey
There are over 300 different types of honey available and each one depends on the bee and where and how its produced. Here at Regal Foods, we have two different types of honey available to purchase - Organic Wildflower Honey and Organic Acacia Honey. Our honey is pure and organic, meaning that no other ingredients have been used as preservatives or flavour enhancers.
After a few months of storage, you may notice that natural organic honey begins to crystalise. This means that honey develops a sugar-like and grainy texture. Whilst crystallised honey is safe to eat and has the same taste, it isn’t the best appearance-wise and might not be as easy to stir into certain foods. To make honey into liquid form again, you can use a gentle heating technique:
- Boil a pan of water and remove it from the heat
- Place the jar of honey into the water. Do not allow the water to reach the lid of the jar.
- After a few minutes, remove the jar. If the honey is still solid, repeat the process until it is smooth.
Different Ways To Enjoy Honey
Honey is a fantastic food product and can be enjoyed as it is - straight from the jar, stirred into tea, marbled through natural yoghurt, drizzled over porridge or glazed carrots and parsnips. There are so many different ways to enjoy honey, no matter what you choose! Why not try replacing refined sugar with honey in baking, or combining it with dark chocolate, herbs and spices in your cooking.