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Thanks for the article. For people who can handle sugar, it does look like honey has some small benefits over table sugar....except for the allergic people.
But, I also have to admit that using honey instead of sugar is sort of like being a smoker and switching to filtered cigarettes. In other words, there are HUGE health problems around consuming added sugar, and small benefits to having that sugar be from honey.
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A great article on the benefits of honey! Thank you for sharing it!
I grew up on a farm and ate raw honey and honeycomb on toast.
Here's a story from my family. (I'm not necessarily recommending this to anyone else, just wanting to back up the benefits of raw honey.)
My father had extreme reactions to bee stings and always had to carry an EpiPen if he ever got stung so he wouldn't die before getting to a hospital. He also was allergic to pollen. He started eating more raw honey from our hives and added a bit (less than a tsp) of local bee pollen to the honey.... he did this for about 5 years and now he can get stung and be fine, just a little red mark, like any other bee sting. And his sensitivities to pollen are all but gone.
I do believe honey is a healthy sweetener than sugar because of it's more natural state (especially raw honey and honeycomb). It's also an anti-fungal/bacterial.
I happen to use both sugar, stevia and honey in my baking. I just keep the quantities smaller, or have the dessert less often.
Note the "believed to" and "may" in those statements. Honey is risky for people with serious allergies; talk to your allergist before trying to use it. Anaphylaxis is not fun.
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the article mentions that you need to watch for apiaries that feed HFCS and treat their hives with amendments. We buy Bee Maid Honey - www.beemaid.com/about-bee-maid
it also states this regarding allergies to pollen: "Raw honey contains enzymes and probiotics which are destroyed when heated or used in cooking applications. These compounds are of no small significance and contribute directly or indirectly to honey's many well-known health benefits. Take the active starch-digesting enzyme amylase, for instance, found only in the raw form of honey in a form known as diastase, which is believed to contribute to clearing antigen-antibody immune complexes associated with allergies to pollens, while also reducing mast cell degranulation associated with histamine and related inflammatory hormone release, linked to allergic symptoms. Also, local honey will contain small amounts of local pollen which may help to "immunize," or desensitize an overly active immune response to these environmental triggers."
I only skimmed the article but I like using raw honey as opposed to sugar any day! I have cut back on all sugar though. I don't know if it mentioned it but you really have to watch where your honey comes from too (if you are buying from a store especially). I get mine from local apiaries.
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