Why Raw Honey?
Just as raw fruits and vegetables contain more nutritional value than cooked or preserved fruits and vegetables, the same is true of honey. Raw honey is unpasteurized, unprocessed and unheated. It is an excellent source of essential vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. It is also an abundant source of antioxidants.
What are some basic facts about honey bees?
Does local honey help with seasonal allergies?
One out of every three bites of food we eat is a result of a honey bee pollinating our food. Honey bees are responsible for 80% of all food pollination worldwide. One colony of bees can pollinate upwards of 300 million flowers per day. The average bee colony will visit 2 million flowers and travel 55,000 miles to make just 1 pound of honey. The average bee will make 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in it lifetime. Per the USDA the number of bee colonies in the US declined from 6 million in 1947 to 2.4 million in 2008.
The National Institute of Health of conducted multiple studies on the topic of honey consumption and season allergies. The results of the studies showed no symptom relief, even in the test group that consumed larger quantities of raw honey. In fact, Food Safety News purchased 60 jars of honey from the largest retailers in the US and found that over 75% of them contained no pollen at all. Most leading allergists agree that honey consumption has little if no effect on season allergies.