Honey, Honeycomb, And Pollen On A Raw Food Diet
by Andreea P
Andreea's Question: Hello!
I read on your site that honey is not recommended on a low fat raw diet. Why? And how about honeycomb or pollen? Are they ok to eat?
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Keep up the good work!Andrew's Answer:
Honey, honeycombs, and pollen are not even close to being ideal foods for humans.
Bees produce honey by modifying the nectar of flowers with formic acid produced within their bodies. They regurgitate the honey several times to ensure that enough acid has been added to it to act as a preservative.
The high levels of acid (honey has a P.H. between 3.2 and 4.5) is what makes honey work as an antibacterial agent, more of less killing any bacteria it comes into contact with. Yet indiscriminately killing bacteria in our body is not a good thing. Bacteria is the stuff of life, playing a valuable role in the processing of waste material, and we don't want to get rid of it.
Nutritionally, honey contains only trace amounts of vitamins and minerals, so there's not a good reason to eat it from that perspective.
Honey is usually not raw, and bees fed only heated honey will die. Honey also usually contains a high level of chemical pesticides, fungicides, and fertilizers because commercial honey bee colonies harvest nectar from plants treated with these substances.
I've personally experimented with honey, and found that although it gives a surge of energy, that surge is followed by a very low valley. Testing with a glucometer, I found the energy surge coincides with a blood sugar spike, and that the low energy that follows coincides with a low blood sugar level.
To be honest, although I've heard of bee pollen being used as a supplement, I wasn't aware that people actually ate bee pollen as a food until you mentioned it and I looked into it.
Frankly, there's no good reason to eat it.
Keep is simple. Eat fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds in their unprocessed, raw state.
Learn more about a healthy raw food diet here.
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