Raw honey can be an incredible medicinal substance, especially Manuka honey. It can be used topically to aid in wound healing, is a great anti-microbial agent, a natural cough suppressant, and packed with antioxidants and nutrients to name a few.
However, the growing demand for honey products over the last 20 years has imposed extra precautions when choosing honey for quality assurance.
The monoculture of soy and corn in the agriculture industry, which bees do not pollinate, has lead beekeepers to use corn syrup and fructose in order to constantly feed bees and produce honey for the consumer. This creates a vastly inferior honey than what would be found in nature. I personally only buy honey from the local beekeepers at the farmers market. As with anything, you get what you pay for! Read the rest of this post by @ugly_by_nature:
For those of you who consume honey, recent testing was done by Food Safety News revealed that 76% of honey sold in stores in the U.S. isn’t real honey but rather, a fake honey product loaded with toxic syrups and sugars. Additionally, these fake honey products are contaminated with antibiotics and heavy metals.
Honey bees naturally obtain carbohydrates by collecting honeydew or nectar. When natural sources are limited or harvesting honey by humans has removed a colony’s supply of carbohydrates, supplemental feeding by beekeepers is necessary and commonly done. Usually sucrose solution, inverted sugar syrup, or other syrups such as starch syrup or GMO high fructose corn syrup are used for that purpose. This in turn creates a different type of honey.
Conventional honey bees are given large doses of antibiotics to help protect them from diseases, but unfortunately, the honey also becomes contaminated with these antibiotics. The antibiotics given to the honey bees are veterinary antibiotics such as chloramphenicol, streptomycin and sulfonamides. High doses of streptomycin and sulfonamides are harmful to the human body. #uglybynature