Honey is one of nature’s true bounties. It’s provided a natural source of sweetening food for us for thousands of years, and the origin of the keeping of bees has long been lost to history.
I’ve always loved my honey. Spread on toast for breakfast or included in any number of recipes. There’s something fascinating about how honey produced from different flowers can produce such a huge array of flavors.
There are also several definite health benefits linked to honey:
- rich in anti-oxidants that help promote immunity
- lowers cholesterol
- lowers triglycerides
- better sugar source for diabetics
However, like some of the other foods listed in this article, it’s the eating of Raw Honey that can be potentially highly dangerous.
Commercial honey goes through a pasteurization process. This process ensures that one particular bacteria that is often found in raw honey is destroyed – this is botulism. Botulism poisoning can be very unpleasant and also life threatening, especially in younger children. It’s a strong neurotoxin that causes fever, cramps and uncontrolled vomiting.
There’s been a recent trend towards the eating of raw honey and it can be easily purchased from many bee keepers, but after reading up about the dangers of raw honey, I’m certainly going to stay well away from it!
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