Liquid Gold. Food for the Gods.
The above were names used to refer to honey.
The production and usage of honey has a long history behind it, dating back to 2100 B.C. when it was first mentioned in writings of the ancient Babylonian, Sumerian and Hittite civilization. It was the first sweetener used by man.
It was highly valued and used as a form of currency by German peasants when they paid tribute to their feudal lords. Honey is highly favoured in the Bible too.
Usage of Honey
Honey has been used in the following:
- Food – The most common usage of honey would be as a form of sweetener in beverages, cooking, baking and desserts.
- Fermentation – Mead (“honey wine”) is possibly the world’s oldest fermented beverage dating back 9,000 years. It is made by adding yeast to honey water, followed by weeks or months of fermentation.
- Medicine – Certain components of honey have antibacterial properties. It has been used as a dressing on wounds and mild burns, and also to sooth sore throats.
- Embalming of the dead – This was used by the ancient Egyptians.
Benefits of Pure Raw Honey
There are many different classifications that bottled honey can fall under. This depends entirely on the processing methods that the honey was subjected to.
NewLife’s honey is pure raw honey, which means that the honey found in each container is obtained after extraction and straining without the addition of heat. This is the reason why our honey may contain some pollen and small particles of wax.
Unpasteurised and raw honey is a nutrient-rich, complete food. It is made up of at least 165 identifiable components that consist of amino acids, enzymes, minerals and vitamins. As the process of pasteurising destroys the enzymes and the nutrients in the honey, it is found that only unpasteurized, unprocessed and unheated raw honey provides all the God-given health benefits.
Here are a few reasons why pure raw honey should play a very important role as part of our daily diet:
- Highly nutritious : Contains enzymes, vitamins such as B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and minerals such as magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium, sulphur and phosphate.
- Rich in phytonutrients : Since honey is made by bees from plants, it contains phytonutrients which would disappear if the honey is heavily processed. Phytonutrients help in the maintenance of health because they provide both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
- Energy source : Honey is absorbed much slower than table sugar, thus stretching its available energy over a long period of time and preventing the excessive swings of energy and fatigue associated with table sugar.
- Balances metabolism : Complex substances in honey contribute to metabolic balance int he body.
- Free Radical scavenger : Antioxidants such as chrysin, pinobanksin, vitamin C, catalase and pinocembrin provide defence against free radicals, thus preventing cell damage and inflammation.
- Stronger bones : Honey contains a primary amino acid, praline, which is a major component of collagen, serves as the chief matrix of which bones are formed.
- Digestive aid : Raw honey contains enzymes that are present in digestive juices and aid in digestion.
- Healthy teeth : Honey contains inhibine, which hinders the growth of harmful bacteria in the mouth.
- Healthy gastrointestinal tract : A new report by the University of Auckland further establishes raw honey as a prebiotic. According to the report : “Raw honey contains oligosaccharides that can be utilized by the saccharolytic fermenters to yield beneficial metabolites that promote the prebiotic effect.” https://academic.oup.com/fqs/article-pef/1/2/107/17668922/fyx015.pdf
Sourcing the Right Honey
Obtaining your honey from a trusted source is paramount in order to enjoy high quality, nutritioous honey while making sure you are getting your money’s worth. Over the past decade, global demand for honey has grown exponentially. The same can’t be said however for the global suply of honey. Bee farmers are finding it harder and harder each year to maintain their hives as demand grows.
Recent investigations have found that many honey manufactureres have been buffing their honey supply by adding fillers or synthetic syrups. This was well documented in the first episode of the Netflix series, Rotten.
As consumers, it is important to enjoy our honey from a reliable source, with as little processing as possible, in order to have the highest health benefits that honey can provide.
NewLife Pure Raw Honey
NewLife Pure Raw Honey is produced from hives located in the lush pastures and leather wood rainforests of New Zealand, in areas that are entirely free from insecticides and pesticides.
Why New Zealand’s Honey?
After China, New Zealand is the 2nd highest (in dollar value) exporter of honey globally, New Zealand produces between 15,000 and 20,000 tonnes of honey each year, depending on climatic conditions. Export earnings have exceeded $300 million and continues to grow.
Because of this, the collection, processing and supply of honey in New Zealand is strictly controlled by the New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA). The tight controls ensure New Zealand honey is free from pests and diseases.