Honey….aaaahhh, sugar, sugar! 🍯 Last night I attended a fascinating information evening run by VicHerbs on the topic of HONEY! The very knowledgeable Jane from @backyardhoney spoke about the therapeutic benefits of honey and unpacked the honey labeling jargon – which, let’s be real, is confusing for even the trained nutritionist amongst us 🤦♀️
I got my hands on this delicious jar of Backyard Honey, made by local bees and local pollens and nectar from around the Melbourne suburbs I live in. And it tastes SERIOUSLY delicious – hands down much, MUCH better than any store bought honey I’ve had recently 😋
Jane gave us some great tips to ensure we are getting the most from our honey and for our money 💰
If you are choosing to include honey in your daily meals and treats for any of its therapeutic benefits, look out for the following things on the label of your honey:
🐝 Always choose RAW, UNHEATED honey – if honey is cooked or heated, all the beautiful nutrients, enzymes, trace pollens, and chemicals that impart its therapeutic benefits are destroyed
🐝 Look out for terms like NPA, UMF, and MGO – these are the scales used to rate the therapeutic actions of certain honeys (NPA – non-peroxide activity; UMF – unique manuka factor; MGO – methyglyoxal) - see that little 30+ on the jar in the video, that is 30+ NPA which equates to hospital grade honey 🙌
🐝 Try to buy local honey if you have access to it – try your local grocers, health food stores, or farmers markets – these places are likely to stock a Victorian, or better yet, Melbourne made honey.
🐝 Cooking with honey will render its therapeutic benefits inactive – so save your more expensive, therapeutic honey for eating or adding to foods/recipes raw
🐝 Beware of jars that claim ‘organic honey’, as this can never be guaranteed with honey due to the freedom bees have to roam around the city and interact with whatever organic or non-organic plants they come across – don’t be fooled by the marketing! (I’ve been dooped by that one before 😜)
🐝 ‘Biodynamic’ is the label you want to see, rather than organic, as this refers to the practices of the beekeeper and manufacturing of honey.