Home Printer-Friendly Version

Raw, Organic Honey:
The Healthiest Natural Sweetener that I Can Recommend

I'm often asked to recommend a healthy sweetener to add to drinks, smoothies, salad dressings, cereals, healthy desserts, and nut butters.

Raw, Organic Cashews

My answer is this: I think it's best to avoid using a sweetener every day, but if you're going to use one a few times a week, I think that your best choice is raw, organic honey.

The vast majority of brands of honey in most grocery stores are refined and pasteurized - these brands provide little more than liquid sugar.

Honey that's truly raw - not exposed to more than 118 degrees Fahrenheit - contains the following nutrients that can nourish your cells and keep you healthy:

  • A number of flavonoids, which are antioxidants that can help keep your cardiovascular system healthy and help prevent damage caused by excessive amounts of free radicals

  • Amino acids (building blocks of protein in your body)

  • Enzymes

  • Trace amounts of calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium, and a number of other minerals

  • Healthy, natural sugars (fructose and glucose) that can help create glycogen stores in your liver and muscles, and provide a source of energy to your cells

In the United States, the labeling of honey is governed by the FDA, and companies that package honey are not required to gain organic certification in order to say that their honey products are organic. Because honey is produced by bees that interact with flowers over large areas of land, I feel that truly healthy honey should be 100% organic - in other words, the land and flowers that the bees have access to must be free of pesticides, herbicides, and other common environmental contaminants to ensure a healthy honey product.

For this reason, the raw, organic honey that we use in our home is imported from Australia. Australia has close to 25 million acres of organic land that is free of the cross contamination that's found in more densely populated countries. More truly organic and wild land equals higher quality honey that is as nutrient-dense and pure as possible.

Raw, Organic Cashews

Order Now


Raw, 100% Organic Honey

18 ounces

List Price:
$16.95 USD

Sale Price:
$14.95 USD

(plus S&H)

Order 3 or more and save an additional 10 percent.

The bees that produce our special honey are treated with kindness by master beekeepers who feed the bees nothing but their own honey. The bees are never fed antibiotic-laced sugars and sugar syrups, which are common practices among many beekeepers.

The quality of honey also depends on the amount of processing that goes into transferring it from hive to bottle. When honey is heated and heavily processed, it be can stripped of many of the health-promoting phytonutrients that are abundant in honey when it is in the hive.

Our raw, organic honey comes straight from the hives, is handled as little as possible, and is never heated above 112 degrees Fahrenheit. Our raw, organic honey is never filtered or strained - it's as pure and nutrient-rich as it was in the hives that it came from.

The final bottled product is a pure, raw, unfiltered organic honey that is certified 100% organic by the California Certified Organic Farmers organization (CCOF), which is governed by the USDA-developed National Organic Program.

Our raw, organic honey has an almost butterscotch-like flavor - it's really different from all other honeys that I've tried over the years. I like to mix it with cashew and almond butter, chocolate smoothies, and a number of other healthy, dessert recipes that can be found in our healthy dessert recipes archive.

My favorite way to take it is to eat a full teaspoon before I exercise - I find that my energy is better during and after my workouts whenever I do this. And I find that eating it straight from a teaspoon is the best way to appreciate the unique butterscotch flavor of this special honey.

The shelf life of honey is hundreds, if not thousands of years, so it's fine to keep a few bottles of our raw, 100% organic honey in your pantry. But it's best not to give raw honey to children under one year of age, so be sure to keep it out of reach of little ones.

What follows are some health benefits that are associated with raw, organic honey:

Raw honey contains phytonutrients - caffeic acid methyl caffeate, phenylethyl caffeate, and phenylethyl dimethylcaffeate - that may have anti-tumor and cancer-preventing properties. When raw honey is heavily processed and heated, these phytonutrients lose most or all of their effectiveness.

Research carried out in several Israeli hospitals indicates that honey may improve the strength of your immune system by supporting your red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.

Honey may help promote optimal build-up of glycogen stores in your liver, which can help your liver optimally supply your brain with glucose while you sleep and exercise for long periods of time.

When compared to other sweeteners, honey may improve your ability to regulate your blood sugar and insulin levels, though you still want to use raw, organic honey sparingly, as consumption of all sweeteners, even natural ones, can increase your blood sugar and insulin levels in the short and long term. Because raw, organic honey is rich in antioxidants, eating high quality honey may help support the health of your blood vessels.

From batch to batch, raw, organic honey may contain some friendly bacteria, which may help you experience optimal digestive tract health and a strong immune system.

When applied topically, raw, organic honey may accelerate healing of wounds, including burns and ulcers. The wound-healing properties of honey may be partly due to glucose oxidase, an enzyme that naturally occurs in honey. When glucose oxidase combines with water, the result is hydrogen peroxide, which is a mild antiseptic. Another possible reason why honey is an effective ointment for wounds is that the fructose and glucose in honey attracts water, and by keeping a wound dry, honey can help prevent growth of undesirable microorganisms.

Raw, Organic Cashews

Order Now


Raw, 100% Organic Honey

18 ounces

List Price:
$16.95 USD

Sale Price:
$14.95 USD

(plus S&H)

Order 3 or more and save an additional 10 percent.


Printer-Friendly Version

Terms of Use

Recommended Health Tools

Copyright 1997-2007 by Ben Kim

The contents of this website are the opinions of Dr. Ben Kim unless otherwise noted. The information on this website is not intended as personalized medical advice and is not intended to replace the relationship that you have with your primary care provider. Any decisions you make with regard to your daily choices and medical treatments should be made with the help of a qualified health care provider.