Beware the Honey Bear

Beware the Honey Bear

In one very interesting study, the effects of artificial honey and raw honey on bacterial growth and biofilm production of Streptococcus mutans – which is linked to the production of cavities and poor cardiovascular health – were compared.

In this study, artificial honey was significantly less effective than raw honey in inhibiting bacterial and biofilm growth from S. mutans. (1)

Perhaps we will soon be seeing honey-based mouthwashes?

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Honey Imposters 

Sadly, artificial honey is abundant in the marketplace. According to a recent report from the Food Safety News group, more than three-fourths of the honey sold in U.S. grocery stores isnt honey.

Due to the processing method of ultra-filtering honey, most commercial sources of honey have all of the pollen removed. According to the FDA, honey without pollen cannot be considered honey.

(Real) Honey May Support Blood Sugar 

Another study, which reviewed the literature on honey, points to a growing body of evidence and scientific data that supports the use of honey in patients with blood sugar, cholesterol, heart health and circulatory issues. (2) The mechanism by which honey may support healthy blood sugar, cholesterol and a healthy heart is still unclear, but this is an area of ongoing research.

There is no doubt that we know very little about the benefits of honey. In Ayurveda, it is considered a medicine, a superfood and a carrier for delivering other nutrients deep into the body. It is a key ingredient in the Ayurvedic super-food Chyawanprash, which is also a great blood sugar balancer. Honey helps to advance Chyawanprash’s host of 40 plus herbs and nutrients deep into the cells. It is a driver of herbs and helps the medicine go down!

One Ayurvedic technique is to take 1/2 teaspoon of honey in water with herbs after meals once per day if blood sugar levels are healthy.

While I am not suggesting we all pig out on raw honey – particularly if you are having blood sugar issues – I am suggesting that in small quantities (approximately 1 teaspoon per day), (real) honey may offer some very real health benefits.

More to come on this topic for sure!

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