Honey is one of those special, wonderful fruits of the earth. Food that’s delicious and good for you. Created by hard-working honey bees collecting the nectar from flowers, this sweet liquid is often touted as nature’s perfect food.
Pooh Bear isn’t the only one who loves this sticky sweet substance. The bounty of honey has been celebrated for centuries all around the world. We know it’s been used for food, medicine and skincare for at least 5,000 years.
A few fun facts about honey:
- A single hive produces an average of 65 pounds of surplus honey per year.
- Honey’s flavor and color depend on the type of flower used to make it.
- Do not give honey to children under 12 months old.
Health Benefits of Honey
Honey is actually sweeter than sugar and has more calories per serving – that’s why we use just a touch for our nut and seed butters. Plus, there are lots of other ways honey is good for you.
For one, those calories are not just empty carbs – honey is a great source of natural energy and full of powerful antioxidants like flavonoids and phenolic acids. Plus trace amounts of important minerals like potassium, calcium, and iron. Honey also has antiseptic and antibacterial properties and has been linked to better heart health, lower triglycerides, lower blood pressure, cough suppression and more.
Why We use Organic Non-GMO Honey
We care about using high-quality ingredients because they are better for you. But also because they benefit the earth. We’re all abuzz about the benefits of organic honey – for both bees and humans! Here are a few of the ways organic honey is better for you, and better for bees:
Organic honey is chemical-free
Organic honey makers provide only organic wildflowers for their bees to feed on. Chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides are a no-no, so the bees aren’t exposed to these harmful chemicals, and neither is your honey. Nothing but the good stuff!
Organic honey retains natural pollens
Bee pollen is loaded with over 250 biologically active substances including carbs, proteins, amino acids, lipids, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants. With organic honey, you can be sure you’re getting the most of those beneficial pollens.
No added ingredients
Organic honey contains no added sugars or fillers. The only ingredient is fresh, natural, golden honey.
Organic honey is safer for bees
You may have heard, that bees are in danger! Colony Collapse Disorder is possibly the greatest threat to North American bees today. It’s believed that pesticides are a major stressor for CCD. So while non-organic beehives may be treated with pesticides or antibiotics, this is never the case for organic beehives.
And better for the environment
Bees have a huge impact on our food supply, pollinating everything from almonds to broccoli to zucchini. When bees to live a healthy life, it’s good for all of us. Organic bee hives and the surrounding areas are certified organic and non-GMO agriculture zones. This means beekeepers work to protect the native plants and encourage biodiversity in the area.
We use a touch of organic honey in all of our crave-able gourmet nut and seed butters, except our Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter (honey-free). While we use organic honey, our nut butters are low in sugar (2-4g per serving). Our organic honey is also Non-GMO Project Verified, so you can munch on the best almond, cashew, or peanut butter guilt-free.