Edible Wellness

How Sweet It Is!

By Ali Miller / Photography By Bob Levy | June 25, 2015
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Raw honey from your local beekeepers is pure wellness

Balance your body with nature’s remedy

Beyond satisfying your sweet tooth, honey provides a nutrient-dense source of B vitamins, minerals and disease-fighting polyphenol antioxidant compounds. Look for local raw, unfiltered honey, which has less water content, making it a more nourishing sweetener with antimicrobial benefits.

In fact, historically honey has been used in a salve along with other antiseptic and antibacterial herbs to prevent infection and reduce pain and inflammation. Honey has served as a medium for medicinal syrups, lozenges, salves and miels (a combination of dry herbs in concentration in honey selected to have synergistic properties) to deliver herbal extracts to the body.

Honey enjoyed straight from the waxy comb is a delight and a beautiful accent to a simple fruit and cheese board. While choosing single ingredients such as plain yogurt made of cream and cultures, careful use of honey can control the amount of sweetness while providing a boost of nourishment and free-radical-scavenging compounds in your blood! How sweet is that? Also, putting yourself in control allows you to reduce the level of sweetness as your palate shifts, unlike with store-bought flavored options.

Buying local honey supports beekeepers and the viability of pollinators, hence healthier produce in your area. Local products are higher in antigens from pollen in that area, which helps reduce seasonal allergies while boosting your immune system. Honey takes on characteristics of the pollen in the area, which will impact flavor, color, texture and the antioxidant profile. Nourish your body while supporting your local ecosystem and taming your sugar cravings with local honey.

Article from Edible Houston at http://ediblehouston.ediblecommunities.com/food-thought/how-sweet-it
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