This delicious natural treat supplies energy at around 65 calories per tablespoon and provides excellent fuel for the body. It's a great option as an energy booster right before a workout or during that mid-afternoon slump. Furthermore, results from recent research suggest the sugar from raw honey is metabolized at a slower rate than processed sugars, avoiding a sudden spike in blood sugar levels.
Some of the nutrients found in raw honey include:
- Niacin (lowers cholesterol levels)
- Riboflavin (regulates growth and reproduction)
- Potassium (reduces muscle cramps)
- Zinc (promotes healthy skin, assists in weight loss)
- Antioxidants (helps to eliminate cancer-causing free radicals)
Isn't nature amazing? Why raw? When honey is pasteurized, it means that the honey has been heated to 161 °F. This heating process destroys many of the nutritious properties of honey, leaving it as a simple sugar.
My favorite raw honey is made by Y.S. Organic Bee Farms. It's the perfect consistency and just has the best flavor. You can find it at your local Whole Foods Market.
So, instead of reaching for a chemical-filled energy drink, grab a spoon full of honey and sweeten up your day :). How about you, my lovelies? Do you love honey as much as I do?
*Note: Pregnant women should not consume unpasteurized products.
Have a sweet weekend! XO
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