Raw honey is the preferred sweetener (raw meaning it has not been heated over 117 degrees and is loaded with amylases, enzymes that digest carbohydrates.) Honey is one of the most powerful healing foods we have at our disposal. Generations of grandmothers prepared hot honey drinks to soothe sore throats, calm nerves, and ensure a good night’s sleep. Raw honey wipes out bacteria that cause diarrhea and honey may eliminate such disease-causing bacteria as salmonella, Shigella, E. coli, and cholera.
Unheated honey contains 18 amino acids. Proline is the most highly concentrated amino acid in honey and is the primary component in collagen (the main structure in bone). Two forms of calcium and eleven other valuable minerals are found in honey. It has the ability to permeate cell membranes and is a natural antibiotic. Always look for high-quality honey produced locally and sold in its raw and unheated form—this preserves its rich storehouse of naturally occurring enzymes and bee pollen.