“Well," said Pooh, "what I like best," and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called.” ― A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
Honey really is the best.
Why should you add raw honey to your diet daily?
🐝 If you want to balance blood sugar, reduce metabolic stress and insulin resistance (and you should if you're trying for a baby or not!). The spikes and dips in blood sugar that happen throughout the day affect everything from mood and energy to your hormones! Honey can actually be a GREAT choice for diabetics as well!
🐝 To help you sleep! Honey facilitates restorative sleep by contributing to the release of melatonin which inhibits the release of insulin! Adequate glycogen stores in the liver are essential to supply your brain with fuel when you are sleeping and during prolonged exercise. When glycogen stores are insufficient, the brain triggers the release of stress hormones - adrenalin and cortisol!
🐝 Raw honey can carry a variety of good probiotic bacteria! However, while the beneficial enzymes and bacteria are killed when heated, the phytonutrients actually increase with heat.
🐝 Honey is the ideal liver fuel because it contains the golden ratio of nearly 1:1 fructose to glucose. When you consume excess fructose without glucose present, it will convert straight to fat.
🐝 Raw honey is definitely the way to go - the processing the occurs to make that clear, runny honey from the little squeezie bear removes many of the phytonutrients, enzymes and beneficial bacteria found naturally in honey. Be especially wary of honey that is not a product of Canada; it is often not even real honey.
I've seen "raw" honey on the store shelves now, however I always advocate for shopping local! Check your local farmers markets or even buy and sell pages. You can use honey in so many places, and is a great substitute in baking (but remember, it isn't vegan!). Find a way to make a tablespoon or two of honey a part of your day!