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EAST TEXAS WILDFLOWER HONEY

The Honey Guy® offers pure, raw, unfiltered and unprocessed honey produced in East Texas from Wildflowers - NOT from crop pollination. See why all of this is important below.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT NATURAL, RAW HONEY

1. Besides the simple sugars glucose and fructose, honey also contains minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, anti-histamines, antiseptic and antiviral agents. It aids many important processes in the body and fights many diseases. Because honey is so nutritious, humans can survive indefinitely on water, whole grain flour and raw honey.


2. Raw honey is honey that is straight from the hive to you. No heating, no micro filtering and no adulteration. Heat – over 140 degrees – and microwaves at any temperature destroy most of the components in raw honey except the sugars.


3. Natural honey will normally undergo crystallization at some point. This is a natural process and can be easily reversed. Crystallized honey (also called sugared honey) can be reliquified by placing the container in a sauce pan (put a wash cloth under plastic containers AND loosen the top to prevent pressure buildup) then fill the pan with water and heat to about 120 degrees. Crystallized honey has NOT gone “bad”.Crystallized honey has been found in Egyptian tombs – still as good as the day it was made once heat was added to re-liquefy.


4. Most honey bought in super markets has been pasteurized (heated rapidly to well over 140 degrees, then flash cooled). Raw honey does not need to be pasteurized for bacterial purposes since it is highly antibiotic on its own. Manufacturers pasteurize honey to stop the natural process of crystallization so they do not have to remove “sugared” honey from store shelves. Unfortunately, after pasteurization, the honey has little nutritional value and is no more than glucose and fructose.


5. Most honey bought in supermarkets has been diluted (adultered) with corn syrup. It is legal to do this to a certain extent because of the broad range of flavors in honey (every flower makes a different flavor). The corn syrup neutralizes the flavor so a brand name tastes consistent regardless of the floral source. So long as the honey is at least 60% "real honey" they can legally call it “pure honey” even though it is not.


6. Most honey bought in super markets has been micro-filtered. This removes all of the pollens that are so beneficial for building allergy resistance. They do this because the pollens are responsible for most of the flavor in natural honey. Generally speaking, every hive will produce a slightly different tasting honey due to the different pollens gathered by each individual hive. Commercial packers want their honey to have one specific taste - not dozens of different tastes. To produce a honey that always tastes the same, they remove all of the natural pollen and then add corn syrup and flavoring.


7. MYTH BUSTER: “Local” honey is NOT always better for allergies. It is the pollens present in honey which enable the body to build immunity to allergies. Most honey produced in the United States – even locally – is a one pollen honey. Most beekeepers – even the small time amateurs – for a fee will put their bees on crops for pollinating purposes. As a result the honey produced on each crop has only that particular pollen in it. While the local one-pollen honey may be an excellent honey, it does not have the variety of pollens necessary to help the human body build resistance.


8. What is so great about Wildflower honey? Wildflower honey has, by definition, multiple pollens in it. It is better to eat a WILDFLOWER honey from another region for allergy purposes rather than a local one-pollen honey. Because so many pollens are similar to one another, it is likely that pollens from other regions will still help one’s local allergy problem due to the similarities in the pollens from region to region.

Here is why - our bodies build immunity to pollens by producing fake substitutes called antibodies from the pollens we are exposed to. These antibodies then essentially "plug" the receptors to which invading pollens would attach. With nothing to attach to, these pollens are washed out of our bodies without causing harm. The trick is to expose the body to enough DIFFERENT pollens (in small amounts) so that the body is able to plug all available receptors with antibodies. Wildflower honey can do just that! It does not matter if the pollens in the honey are local to your area or not. It only matters that you get enough DIFFERENT pollens to cover all the different types of receptors. Only a quality, unprocessed wildflower honey can deliver this variety of pollens. For even faster results, eat Wildflower honey from different regions. This will provide an even greater number and diversity of pollens for your body to work with.


9. Beware supermarket honey even if it says wildflower – most processed honey has been micro filtered, removing all of the pollens. Bottom line – if you need raw honey for allergies, always buy unprocessed WILDFLOWER honey, even if it must come from another region. When possible, buy it from a beekeeper directly. Don't be timid - ask him where it was produced and if any processing (as described above) was used before it was packed.

10. Most local beekeepers are members of beekeeping associations. Google "beekeeping association" in your geographic area to see where they meet and how to contact them. Find out if one of these members can provide you with their local wildflower honey. If not, then shop for Wildflower honey in another region. It will help your allergies!


11. Can babies be given honey? There are pros and cons to this. Some say there is a potential for baby to get botulism from any food that has not been pasteurized including honey (Baby food manufacturers like to point this out). A baby under one year of age has not had time to build immunity to botulism through normal daily exposure to the botulism spore (it is on practically everything). This said, there are no reports of any baby getting botulism from honey - it is only a possibility. Meanwhile, withholding honey from an infant is denying it the many beneficial aspects of honey - such as its proven ability to strengthen the immune system! You can see the irony here. It is ultimately up to the parent to decide what is best for Baby to eat. We hope this additional information will help you make an informed decision.

Honey Guy is a member of the EAST TEXAS BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION and the TEXAS BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION.