A Natural Sweetener with Healing Benefits

by Dr. Tunis Hunt | Follow Him on Twitter HERE.

We are a society who loves sweets.  In fact, I am willing to bet that most people will add some sort of sweetener in their beverage or food sometime today.

The leading source of sweeteners in our society is High Fructose Corn syrup followed closely by sugar.  You will be hard pressed not to find either of these products in almost EVERYTHING housed on the grocery store shelves.

Statistics show that the average American consumes approximately 120 pounds of sugar every year!  Compare this to the average “household” who only consumed 10 pounds at the turn of the century.

This overabundance of Fructose and Sugar has negatively impacted the health of our nation, especially our children.  Childhood obesity and diabetes is an at an all time high and can be directly correlated to the consumption of sugar and high fructose corn syrup.

So, what are you supposed to put in your favorite morning beverage or dessert to satisfy that sweet tooth?

Although there are variety of options superior to sugar such as Stevia and Xylitol…. Honey is a great natural substitute!

Local, raw (unprocessed) Honey is one of the great natural sweeteners available to us.  It has a milder affect on your blood glucose and actually contains some health benefits as well.

Local unprocessed honey can be very beneficial for allergy sufferers.

As bees pollinate the flowers they deposit small amounts of pollen in the honey.  When you consume these small particles your body adapts to the pollen and your are less likely to be affected by it when you come into contact with it in nature.

This is why, LOCAL honey is best.  You want to be exposed to the pollen specific to your geographic area.  If you consume honey produced from distant places the pollen exposure will be different than the environmental exposure you will encounter.

Don’t be fooled into buying conventional processed honey.  This type of honey WILL NOT have the same health benefits that the unprocessed honey will have.

Unfortunately, about two thirds of the honey in the United States falls into this category.  For corporate profits, honeybees are being force fed High Fructose Corn Syrup and other sugars to allow production year round.

In addition, this honey is pasteurized and many of the beneficial enzymes are being removed from the honey.

The best source to find your honey is by a local supplier.  Many farmer markets have bee keepers with honey to sell.  Also, some health food stores offer local raw honey as well. Just make sure to read the label to verify that it is unprocessed and local to your area.

Honey can also be used as a topical ointment to help treat mild burns, sunburn, and small wounds.  You MUST use the RAW honey though.  Processed honey may actually do more harm than good.

Honey topical wound-care benefits:

  • It draws fluid away from the wound.
  • The high sugar content suppresses microorganism growth.
  • Worker bees secrete an enzyme (glucose oxidase) into the nectar, which then releases low levels of hydrogen peroxide when the honey makes contact with the wound.
  • A chemical reaction between the honey and tissue also makes healing wounds smell good.

As you can see, Raw unprocessed honey is a great item to have around your house.  I will caution that if you have blood sugar handling problems or obesity issues using honey may not be for you.  Stevia would be a better alternative.  For everyone else, consuming small amounts of honey throughout the year will yield great health benefits.

About the Author: Dr Tunis Hunt Jr is a chiropractor  and wellness adviser serving the Charlotte area. In addition to administering chiropractic care, Dr. Hunt lectures and educates the public on nutrition and health based information. To reach Dr. Hunt for questions and comments or to schedule him to speak to your group or company please call 704-588-1792 or email him at drtunisjr@HuntForWellness.com.   www.HuntForWellness.com

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