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The Truth About Honey
What’s All the Fuss About?
I just did a YouTube search, “is honey vegan?”. Boy howdy, I was not prepared for some of the videos that were posted.
I was actually going to post a video for today’s “Sugar Shake Challenge” fact of the day…but those bully vegans sure are angry, and I found the videos to be inappropriate.
So, let’s dive in.
Why Is Honey Considered to be “Not Vegan”?
There are several reasons that vegans have sort of picked up a torch to fight for our cute and somewhat “stabby” pollinators.
Here are some of the reasons that honey isn’t considered vegan:
- Bees are responsible for helping humans to have food. They pollinate & this is how 50+ foods come to fruition. Anything from tubers and fruit to beans and mustard.
- When we consume honey from bees, we are robbing them of their own food.
- Bees have a nervous system and can feel & do have intelligence.
- The work that ONE worker bee does for it’s entire life only produces approximately 1/2 teaspoon of honey.
- To keep the queen bee in the hive to keep her worker bees from flying away, bee keepers often clip the queen bee’s wings and mark them with a marker or sticker so they can be easily recognized. They will even artificially inseminate the queen bee to keep production going. You can do your own Google & YouTube search, but this is an actual truth.
- For the vegan, gluten-free, and Keto communities, please know that your almond products like almond flour & almond milk heavily rely on bees to make those almonds happen.
Is Honey Actually Bee Barf?
Well, if you want to dumb it down to a very easy-to-comprehend terminology…YES, honey is sort of like bee barf.
In this article by Huffington Post
Bees collect nectar from flowers and they store it in their honey stomach, also known as the crop. Bees have another stomach, the ventriculus, for the food they eat and digest. In between the crop and their digestive stomach is the proventriculus, which not only feeds the bee’s digestive stomach nectar and pollen from the crop, but also ensures that the nectar in the crop never gets contaminated with the contents of the ventriculus.
Once at the hive, the forager bees regurgitate the nectar from their honey crop into a processor bee’s mouth.
Nutritional Facts About Honey
One tablespoon of honey contains 64 calories. One tablespoon of refined sugar rings in at 49 calories per tablespoon.
Please know that I am not suggesting that you use refined sugar in lieu of honey…AT ALL!
However, it must be said that honey will cause obesity, blood sugar spikes, & chronic disease when consumed regularly.
Health Benefits of Honey
There is an old wives’ tale or ancestral remedy that says honey will cure a cough or cold. People will even say that honey helps with upper respiratory issues.
Even though The Mayo Clinic says that 2 teaspoons of honey before bedtime is just as effective as an OTC (over-the-counter) cough suppressant, there are just as many reports that says that’s just not true. So, you will have to make your own decisions about this subject.
Also know that just because there are some nutrients in honey, that does not make it a superfood or the “bee all end all” of cures. However, there are some vitamins & minerals in honey.
There is some data circulating that honey is “healthier” for diabetics than refined sugar. But please know that consuming honey will raise your blood glucose levels.
Eating honey instead of refined sugar is like switching to light beer or maybe even diet coke, in my honest opinion. Devil’s in a new dress is all. LOL
Babies & Honey
Whatever you decide about honey, please NEVER feed it to a baby 12 months or under.
Reason being is that their immune systems are still forming and will not be able to fight off the threat of botulism spores that honey contains.
In this article by poison.org, they say,
Botulism is a rare but dangerous type of poisoning that affects the nervous system. Honey can contain botulism spores; these spores release a toxin that can poison infants. The most dangerous effect is paralysis of the diaphragm, which means the infants cannot breathe on their own without a respirator until the disease is cured.
So much of what we find in supermarkets labeled as honey is actually NOT honey.
There are some that have high fructose corn syrup, added sugars, added colors, added preservatives and more.
Here is a video demonstrating how to tell if honey is real or fake.
If you decide that honey is something that you want to consume, you will want RAW, local (if possible)honey.
Local honey is said to help folks overcome issues, like allergies, that are prominent in your specific region. If you live in a dry dessert area, your allergies will be different than someone who lives in a more tropical area. Local honey will provide pollen from your area to strengthen your immune system against threats that are native to where you reside.
Again, it is up to you to decide if honey is right for you.
Whether you feel honey is healthy and appropriate for your diet…or not, that is up to YOU to decide. You will get no judgement from me either way.
As for me, I don’t prefer to have honey in my diet simply because I want to protect our pollinators and “bee kind to every kind”.