Q&A: “What kind of honey should I eat?”
This week, a client asked me, “What kind of honey should I eat?”
I recommend that you consume raw unprocessed, unfiltered/unrefined honey. Raw honey sourced from a local beekeeper or farm is best.
Why raw honey?
Raw honey has a glycemic index of about 30, but processed honey has a glycemic index around 75. Conventional processing destroys much of honey’s benefits while raw honey provides a healthy dose of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes.
My favorite honey
My favorite honey is usually a local, raw honey that has been harvested in Massachusetts and one that I can find at local farmers’ markets and in grocery stores near me. It takes me a while to go through a jar of honey, but when I do finish one, I like to replace it with a kind I have not tried in the past.
Right now I’ve been liking Boston Honey Company’s Raw Wildflower Honey based in Holliston, MA, which is about 20 minutes from me. I am not a honey connoisseur by any means, but this has a good taste – it is an amber honey with a rich and slightly floral flavor.
- Stay away from honey that is not labeled as “raw.” If it isn’t raw, it is pasteurized and processed past the point of being healthy for you.
- As with any sweetener, use honey in moderation and avoid cooking with it, as it is not heat stable.
- Does honey fit into your diet?
- What kind of honey do you like to eat?