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But regular raw honey is ok in moderation if it suits you?
What is the overall difference? I like my honey bear
I assume you mean *MEAD* ???
I had 4 glasses of mead in one hour last May. I felt *really* good the next couple hours. I gained 7 pounds that day (I really didn't think I ate alot) and spent the next several days fighting to control my weight.
The bear is just a container. There are many grades and brands that use it. There are some great, local, wild honeys that are bottled in the bears, and there are some mass produced honeys made from HFCS in the bears. You have to read the label to know what you are getting.
If you're attached to the bear, just buy good honey and pour it into your bear container. My local health food co-op has empty bears in the bulk section for a few cents, so I've got an agave bear, a maple syrup bear, and a raw honey bear. =] The cashiers all laugh at me. The bulk almond butter is a bit too thick for the bear I think, but I've been very tempted to try.
If you're attached to flavorless honey, well, I don't know what to tell you. =P
"mayness, you need to have a siggy line that says "Paleo Information Desk" or something!" -FMN <3
My dad was a beekeeper for 35 years and I worked on the farm growing up. You want to buy unpasteurized honey which is sometimes called natural or raw honey. Pasteurized honey is honey that has been heated ( I can't remember the actual temp it gets heated to) which prevents it from granulating or becoming solid over time. Raw or natural honey has not been heated and will eventually granulate. To make it liquid again, just put in a pan of hot water and it will liquify. You would have to read the container of honey to see which type it is. My dad used to package our honey, which was natural/raw in those little bear containers so don't rely on the type of container to determine which it is. Also buy local honey as it supports local beekeepers and you get to taste the different types of honey in your area.
Honey tastes different depending on what type of flowers are blooming and time of year. Where I grew up, the first honey of the season was dark as it was made from dandelions which is usually the first plant to flower. Later on in the summer the honey got lighter coloured and flavoured as it was mostly hayfields so the alfalfa was the dominant flower. I had the chance to try fireweed honey, and it was excellent. dark and strong tasting, I haven't had it since.
I haven't thought about honey in a while even though I always have some in the cupboard. Thanks.
Edit: Honeycomb is at treat. It is just what the honey is made and stored in, in the beehive. You buy chunks of it and pop a piece in your mouth and chew until you have the wax left. Was always a treat for us as kids. Every kid should have the chance to eat honeycomb once in their lives. Farmers markets usually have a beekeeper selling honey.
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