Sunday, March 15, 2015

SUPERFOOD SUNDAY : HEALING HONEY

I have discussed my sugar cravings with homeopathic practitioner and she suggested that when cravings hit, I should have a cup of herbal tea with a teaspoon of raw honey. That's how she treats herself at the beginning and end of the day. 

But honey is far more than a natural sweetener. It is a “functional food”, which means it is a natural food with health benefits. It contains natural antioxidants, enzymes and minerals including iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and selenium. Vitamins found in honey include vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and niacin. 

One tablespoon of honey contains 64 calories, yet it has a healthy glycemic load around 10 (a little less than a banana) and does not cause a sugar spike like white sugar. Honey provides a ready supply of energy in the form of liver glycogen, making it ideal for energetic morning starts and as a pre- and post-exercise energy source.

Why Choose Raw Honey?

Commercial honey is often heavily processed and chemically refined. Heat destroys the natural enzymes, vitamins, and minerals in honey. Filtering and processing eliminates many of the beneficial phytonutrients including pollen and enzyme-rich propolis. Raw honey instead is a concentrated source of natural goodness. Its benefits include, but are not limited to:
• Promoting the growth of good bacteria in the intestine
• Soothes and heals skin wounds
• Blocks free radicals
• Aids sleep 

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