Boston Honey Company Raw Wildflower Honey

Q&A: “What kind of honey should I eat?”

This week, a client asked me, “What kind of honey should I eat?”

Answer

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.

Darker honeys such as buckwheat varieties tend to pack more nutritional value because they are typically higher in bioactive compounds and have greater amounts of antioxidants.

My favorite honey

Boston Honey Company Raw Wildflower 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.

Bottom line

  • 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.

Thoughts?

  • Does honey fit into your diet?
  • What kind of honey do you like to eat?

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