Why raw honey? Honey contains anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. Raw honey is honey that has not been processed; the heating and processing of honey removes many of the phytonutrients in the raw honey.
Raw honey contains small amounts of resins found in propolis, or ‘bee glue’. Bee glue is a mixture of plant resins and other substances; bees use this to seal up cracks in their hive to protect it from bacteria and other unwanted micro-organisms. Propolis contains anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal resins, but these are only a part of the variety of phytoutrients found in both honey and propolis. Cancer-preventing and anti-tumor properties have been attributed to certain substances in honey and propolis: caffeic acid methyl caffeate, phenylethyl caffeate, and phenylethyl dimethylcaffeate. Researchers have discovered that these substances prevent colon cancer in animals by shutting down the activity of two enzymes, phosphatidylinositol-specific phospholipase C and lipoxygenase. Processing the honey removes many of these phytonutrients.
Liberty Market in Kettering has plenty of raw, organic honey, or you can stop by the Sugarcreek Township winter farm market and get some honey from Ray over at Chris’ Honey. You may wish to try this nutritious peanut butter candy recipe made with raw honey. The kids will have fun rolling the candy into balls and then rolling the balls in shredded coconut, minced nuts, or crushed cereal. You can also add chocolate chip or raisins into the candy.
Honey peanut butter candy (no bake)
- 1 cup raw honey
- 1 ½ cups powdered milk
- 1 cup peanut butter
Mix the honey and the peanut butter together; gradually add the powdered milk, mixing well. Pour the mixture into an 8x8 square pan and cut into squares OR you can roll the candy into balls instead.
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