We often get asked if honey is a paleo food. This question is common because everyone knows that honey is naturally very sweet. The key to the paleo diet is letting yourself eat something very sweet every now and again to satisfy your craving for sugar and your best choice may be honey. Sugar is definitely a no-no on the paleo diet but in the case of honey it is not an all out drawn conclusion.
Honey is a commodity product and the sweetness of honey depends on which type of flower the nectar was collected from. Honey is a natural sweetener and is 200% sweeter then glucose. It is much sweeter then sugar and is great when your getting that sugar craving on the Paleo diet.
Most honey available in supermarkets is highly processed and has few nutrients because it has been processed at high temperatures. You should buy good quality raw honey that has been locally produced from a farm. This means the honey will be fresh and still contain all the nutrients unbroken.
Is Honey Paleo?
Yes! It is true, honey is paleo. Honey is a natural whole food that was probably sought out and enjoyed in the Paleolithic era. As it is created by bees and formed in honeycombs, our ancestors would have enjoyed honey on rare occasions. It would have been hard for cavemen to find and gather honey. The cavemen did not have access to it all the time and honey would have been used to improve immunity, help with skin problems and add sweetness to foods.
Honey is known to be a natural antibiotic: it has been used to treat wounds, may be able to help with seasonal allergies and be a good antioxidant.
Honey, the low down
The key with honey is to make sure you pick the right type of honey that fits in as closely as possible with the paleo plan. As I mentioned earlier you should buy good quality raw honey that has been locally produced from a farm. This means the honey will be fresh and still contain all the nutrients unbroken.
So it is important to consider the amount of honey you are eating and moderation is the key to this – don’t just sit and eat honey straight from the jar! – your probably find that you can’t after being on Paleo for a while because it will simply taste too sweet to eat more than a couple of spoonful’s. If you really crave something sweet after a meal, why not try reaching for a fresh piece of fruit drizzled with a good quality honey.
So eat honey in moderation and make sure its been produced by a local bee farmer.