Why Beekeeper’s honey?
There’s an important difference between what you get at the supermarket and nature’s finest raw honey available from a beekeeper. Carlisle Honey beekeepers offer you pure raw honey, direct from the hive, just the way the bees made it. This is complete honey, with pollen grains and enzymes that the bees produce locally, in Tyngsborough, MA. Honey includes pollen from flowers in the area where the bees work. Natural enzymes, pollen, vitamins, minerals and amino acids are found in Beekeeper’s Honey.
When honey is processed commercially, it is finely filtered and heated. Filtering removes most pollen particles and heat can change the color, taste and destroy vitamins. Additives and sugar syrup have even been discovered in commercially processed honey found in stores as well.
Honey is being rediscovered as a natural source of energy that also offers a unique combination of nutritional benefits. Recent studies suggest that this unique mixture of sugars which occurs naturally in honey, works best in preventing fatigue and enhancing athletic performance. In addition to being a concentrated energy source, honey contains a wide array of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RAW, CRYSTALLIZED AND LIQUID HONEY?
In a recent review of related literature, Dr. Susan Percival of the University of Florida’s Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition found honey contains vitamins, such as vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin and pantothenic acid. Essential minerals, such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc are also found in honey.
“In addition, several different amino acids, the building blocks of protein, have been identified in honey,” says Dr. Percival.
“Honey also contains several compounds that function as antioxidants, one of which is unique to honey called pinocembrin.”
Although these substances appear in trace amounts and vary depending on the honey’s floral source, they contribute to your overall nutrition.
For a quick source of energy and to reap the benefits of honey’s healthful properties, make honey part of your daily diet along with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Use honey to sweeten your oatmeal or drizzle it over a grapefruit half. Add honey and fresh fruit to low-fat yogurt for an energy-sustaining snack.
What about hot tea? What happens to the raw honey in hot liquids? True, if you put raw honey in hot liquid, the anti oxidants, enzymes and vitamins are partially lost. This is much akin to eating well cooked vegetables as opposed to raw vegetables – some vitamins are lost.
It depends a little on the temperature of the liquid and the time. Since a cup of hot coffee may be made with boiling water (212 deg), a lot would be lost. However, by the time it is poured in a cup, the temp may be more like 160 deg, and cooled to drinking temp around 130-140 deg. Some of the good things will still be around if added at that point.