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Health, Home, and Happiness: Why Use Raw Honey?

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Why Use Raw Honey?

Raw honey and butter on toast

Unlike refined sugar which has all the good stuff stripped out in processing, raw honey still has good enzymes in it to aid in digestion.  Honey is a natural sugar, a monosaccaride (allowed on SCD and GAPS diets) that has been valued throughout history. This raw opaque honey from Tropical Traditions still contains the pollen, which if you get local honey, is thought to help prevent seasonal allergies.  I think only clear honey is allowed on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, but GAPS allows opaque.  Not recommend for children under one year of age due to the (very very very small) risk of botulism.

The benefits of honey:
  • Honey may keep blood sugar more steady than refined sugar 
  • Can be applied to a wound for antibacterial affect (it sucks the water right out of bad bacteria cells)
  • Contains enzymes to help us with digestion.  In Nourishing Traditions Sally Fallon says that if you spread honey on a piece of bread, the enzymes in the honey will start to pre-digest the bread for you.  
  • In labor, honey can be a great way to keep your energy up.  Since it's a monosaccaride, it's absorbed directly into the blood stream so it's not adding any more work to digest.  I keep a bottle of honey with my birth supplies.

Uses for honey:
I am learning that honey can replace sugar in nearly every recipe.  I've started making cookies with honey rather than sugar, and I use it in my whole wheat bread as well.   Due to cost, I use the less expensive pasteurized honey from Costco in everything that will be cooked.  I save raw honey to stir into my coffee, to mix with water for the toddler's 'juice' in a pinch, and to spread on toast or other things that aren't going to be too hot to ruin the enzymes.  We like our yogurt sour, but if you like sweeter yogurt, honey would be a great addition to that too.

Tropical Traditions honey is great because it comes in a glass jar, is organic, and is raw! The only thing better would be local.




More:
Honey almond brittle
About fermented honey from the Weston Price site
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Giveaway:
Tropical Traditions is offering a giveaway for one pound of organic raw honey in a glass jar! (pictured)

#75 won, Andi at The Learning Pomegranate
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If you're a first time customer of Tropical Traditions, I'd love it if you would use my referral code #5682145 and you get a free book on the benefits of coconut and I get coconut oil credited to my account.  See my reviews of their other products: Coconut oilCoconut Cream ConcentrateShredded Coconut, and Coconut Flour.  
Hint: I wait until they have a sale; usually once a month a gallon of expeller pressed coconut oil goes on sale for $39 or less, which is a great deal.
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  • Let me know if you're using honey to replace sugar in your recipes as well.
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@HealthHomeHappy is giving away a jar of @troptraditions organic raw honey!  Enter here: http://ow.ly/1oUoh


Giveaway ends 3/27/10 and I'll pick a winner from random.org


Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

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99 Comments:

Blogger Michelle AP said...

I already get the TT newsletter. (I love TT:)

March 20, 2010 at 5:46 PM  
Blogger Michelle AP said...

I follow you on twitter and tweeted.

March 20, 2010 at 5:48 PM  
Blogger Jessie said...

I just subscribed to their newsletter.

I've sworn off processed sugar (well, mostly), so I put honey in my coffee, and if I want a dessert, it has to be something I made with honey or maple syrup. Works just fine for me!

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March 20, 2010 at 7:12 PM  
Blogger Jessie said...

I follow Tropical Traditions on Twitter.

March 20, 2010 at 7:13 PM  
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I RSS you! :-)

March 20, 2010 at 7:13 PM  
Anonymous Cori said...

I already get the newsletter and I RSS you too. Sugar is not really so sweet once you think about it!

March 20, 2010 at 7:27 PM  
Blogger Michelle AP said...

I am a Facebook fan and shared your blog on my page.

March 20, 2010 at 7:46 PM  
Blogger Michelle AP said...

I follow TT on Twitter.

March 20, 2010 at 7:46 PM  
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I get your blog updates on my rss reader.

March 20, 2010 at 7:53 PM  
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I am signed up for TT newsletter.

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March 20, 2010 at 8:09 PM  
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I get the RSS feed

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March 20, 2010 at 8:10 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

I signed up for their newsletter!

March 20, 2010 at 8:47 PM  
Blogger angela jiniel said...

I just signed up for the newsletter. I have recently started subbing honey in a few places and would love to have this for even more benefit! Thanks.

March 20, 2010 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger angela jiniel said...

I subscribe to RSS.

March 20, 2010 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger Tiffany said...

I already get the Tropical Traditions newsletter :)

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March 20, 2010 at 9:12 PM  
Blogger Tiffany said...

I follow your blog RSS feed.

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March 20, 2010 at 9:13 PM  
Blogger Tiffany said...

I use honey in my smoothies and most of my baking :) Love It!

March 20, 2010 at 9:17 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

I already subscribe to the Tropical Traditions newsletter. I do use honey in the place of other sweeteners. I, also, have started replacing the sugar for honey in my bread recipes as well.

March 21, 2010 at 6:52 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

I already subscribe to your blog.
:0)

March 21, 2010 at 6:52 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

I became a fan on FB. :0)

March 21, 2010 at 6:56 AM  
Blogger Deb(bie Debbie Doo) said...

Cara - you know i'm signing up - free raw honey?!?! - Tropical Traditions really rocks!

March 21, 2010 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

Hi Cara,

I really enjoy your blog and am already an email subscriber.

Erin

March 21, 2010 at 12:48 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Just followed you on Twitter and tweeted about the giveaway!

March 21, 2010 at 12:48 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Am now a fan on FB, too.

March 21, 2010 at 12:48 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

I'm also now following TT on Twitter.

March 21, 2010 at 12:49 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

And, finally, I'm a subscriber to Tropical Traditions' newsletter (have been for some time.) Thanks!

March 21, 2010 at 12:49 PM  
Blogger The Sometimes Mom said...

I signed up - I use honey in my tea but haven't made too much recipes with it yet.

March 21, 2010 at 12:59 PM  
Blogger Teresa said...

I just became a fan on FB! I am excited, as I stumbled upon your blog from Sorta Crunchy.... and it happens that I have a raw honey question. When you substitute honey in your baked goods that call for refined white sugar... how much do you substitute? Is the measurement the same as the refined sugar or is there a conversion ratio you follow? :) Thanks for your help!

March 21, 2010 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger EllaJac said...

I get the TT newsletter. I use honey in some recipes, but haven't tried it in cookies yet...

March 21, 2010 at 3:13 PM  
Blogger EllaJac said...

I'm a fB fan!

March 21, 2010 at 3:14 PM  
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I subscribe to you..

March 21, 2010 at 3:14 PM  
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I am already subscride to tropical traditions newsletter.

March 21, 2010 at 4:19 PM  
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I followed you on twitter and tweeted..
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March 21, 2010 at 4:23 PM  
Blogger BCholly said...

I follow Trpical traditions on twitter too.

March 21, 2010 at 4:25 PM  
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I subscribe to your newsletter..

March 21, 2010 at 4:26 PM  
Blogger BCholly said...

I am a fan on facebook.

March 21, 2010 at 4:26 PM  
Blogger BCholly said...

I shared the contest on my wall.

March 21, 2010 at 4:29 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

I have subscribed to the newsletter.

March 21, 2010 at 6:53 PM  
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March 21, 2010 at 7:12 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I use pasturized honey for baking and raw only in our smoothies, yogurt, and kefir. I make my family smoothies at least every other day (sometimes everyday), to get (raw milk) kefir in them, as well as other beneficial fruits (and green veges too!) and raw honey.
What I read about raw honey said anything over 105 would kill enzymes, so unless your coffee is *very* tepid I would think the enzymes would be lost? I measured my tea (which I don't take very hot at all) and it was still 120, so I use pasturized honey in that too. :(

March 21, 2010 at 7:16 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

I love raw honey! I subscribe to the newsletter :)

March 21, 2010 at 9:25 PM  
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I subscribe to their newsletter.
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March 21, 2010 at 9:31 PM  
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I'm a fan on facebook (christinejudd)
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March 21, 2010 at 9:31 PM  
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I follow tropical traditions on twitter (gatheremeralds)
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March 21, 2010 at 9:32 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Just signed up for the newsletter. I love raw, local honey! We're pretty lucky to have a cuple great sources around where we live. I'd love to learn how to sub honey for sugar in recipes...I'm scared to try! :)

March 21, 2010 at 11:41 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

I just signed up for the newsletter. My son can't tolerate refined sugars, so I cook with a LOT of raw honey. We all love it! I've figured out how to substitute honey in just about everything!

March 22, 2010 at 9:26 AM  
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I subscribe to the TT newsletter.

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March 22, 2010 at 9:45 AM  
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I follow you on Facebook.

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March 22, 2010 at 9:46 AM  
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I get the TT newsletter

March 22, 2010 at 11:33 AM  
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tweeted!

March 22, 2010 at 11:36 AM  
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shared on fb

March 22, 2010 at 11:36 AM  
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March 22, 2010 at 11:37 AM  
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March 22, 2010 at 11:37 AM  
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March 22, 2010 at 11:38 AM  
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I subscribe to the TT newsletter.

March 22, 2010 at 12:02 PM  
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I subscribe to your blog as well. Thanks!

March 22, 2010 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger Sheri said...

I already subscribe to the TT newsletter. Thanks...

Sheri

March 23, 2010 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger Chelsea said...

is it a straight substitution from sugar to honey? meaning 1 T of sugar = 1 T of honey? does it change the consistency much? obviously i'm a complete novice and i'm working on a long series of baby steps. thanks for your help :)

March 23, 2010 at 4:15 PM  
Blogger Cara @ Health Home and Happiness said...

{I usually use half, but that's just because I think most recipes call for too much)

March 23, 2010 at 5:25 PM  
Blogger kevnjacks said...

Signed up for their newsletter! And very excited to find actual raw organic honey!

March 24, 2010 at 7:57 AM  
Anonymous Mara said...

I've used raw organic honey in place of sugar for over a year now...coffee, baking, etc...haven't had even a sniffle since....great for your health

March 24, 2010 at 8:09 AM  
Blogger stacey said...

I am suscribed to TT newsletter! I haven't used honey as a natural sweetener a lot in the past...except for bisquits! HA! Had some really good honey the other day and am going to get some to start trying in recipes.

March 24, 2010 at 9:13 AM  
Blogger stacey said...

I get your blog through my Google reader. :)

March 24, 2010 at 9:14 AM  
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I am your FB fan! :)

March 24, 2010 at 9:14 AM  
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Another giveaway! I subscribe to TT newsletter.

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March 24, 2010 at 9:49 AM  
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I'm a fan of yours on FB.

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March 24, 2010 at 9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the blog. I use raw honey as a substitute for sugar. Primary use is for tea.

I already receive the TT newsletter

March 24, 2010 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I signed up for the newsletter and I do use honey to replace sugar in recipes.

March 24, 2010 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I follow you on Twitter and tweeted about the giveaway.
http://twitter.com/lian0503/status/10987450188

March 24, 2010 at 10:41 AM  
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I became your fan on Facebook.

March 24, 2010 at 10:44 AM  
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I shared the giveaway on my Facebook page. http://bit.ly/aVcYia

March 24, 2010 at 10:48 AM  
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I follow Tropical Traditions on Twitter @lian0503.

March 24, 2010 at 10:49 AM  
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I subscribe to your newsletter via e-mail.

March 24, 2010 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger Andi said...

I subscribed and I am changing from sugar to things for healthier...Thanks for the giveway chance to try this out....

March 24, 2010 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger angie lilly said...

I get their newsletter.
I use honey as a condiment only.
Angie
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March 25, 2010 at 8:48 AM  
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I follow you on Twitter as FotoMacro and tweeted this giveaway here: http://twitter.com/FotoMacro/status/11037269513
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March 25, 2010 at 8:48 AM  
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I am your FB fan, Tofu Fairy.
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March 25, 2010 at 8:48 AM  
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I follow them on Twitter as FotoMacro.
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March 25, 2010 at 8:49 AM  
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I get your emails.
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March 25, 2010 at 8:49 AM  
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I subscribe via google reader.
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March 25, 2010 at 8:49 AM  
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I subscribe to TT newsletter.

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March 25, 2010 at 8:54 AM  
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I follow TT on twitter.

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March 25, 2010 at 8:56 AM  
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I'm already subbed to TT's newsletter =)
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March 25, 2010 at 9:47 AM  
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following and tweeted:
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March 25, 2010 at 9:48 AM  
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following TT on twitter
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March 25, 2010 at 9:48 AM  
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subbed to your blog via google reader
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March 25, 2010 at 9:48 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

getting their newsletter
I use honey more like a condiment for toast, biscuits, tea, etc.
Scott
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March 25, 2010 at 2:30 PM  
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follow and tweeted http://twitter.com/RePurrPussed/status/11042086078
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March 25, 2010 at 2:31 PM  
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follow them on twitter under repurrpussed
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March 25, 2010 at 2:31 PM  
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getting emails
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March 25, 2010 at 2:31 PM  
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subscribe w/google reader
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March 25, 2010 at 2:32 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

I subbed to the newsletter. :)

March 26, 2010 at 3:09 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Oh, forgot: I try to replace sugar with honey in my recipes. I'm taking baby-steps towards better nutrition!

Fanned you on FB.

March 26, 2010 at 3:10 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

I now follow you on twitter, and tweeted!
http://twitter.com/FenceMama/status/11110032585

March 26, 2010 at 3:13 PM  
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Posted/shared on my facebook!

March 26, 2010 at 3:14 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

am now following TT on twitter

March 26, 2010 at 3:15 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

finally, I sub to your blog via RSS :)

Thanks!

March 26, 2010 at 3:15 PM  
Blogger Stacy said...

I just subscribes to the sales newsletter.

March 26, 2010 at 9:13 PM  
Blogger Stacy said...

I do use honey in any recipe that I can. I love to substitiute it for sugar in banana bread. Honey goes into my tea, in my homemade bread, in my homemade granola, and many other recipes. We LOVE it here!

March 26, 2010 at 9:15 PM  

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