Honey BeesThe Olive Table’s Greek honey is raw and 100% natural. Raw honey has not been filtered, heat-treated or processed in any way. Honey contains small amounts of enzymes which enable many of the processes and reactions in the body, and which also make honey a unique and healthy sweetener. Excessive heat such as that used during pasteurization will destroy the honey’s beneficial enzymes.

Raw honey is a natural sweetener containing antioxidant properties. It is also free of fat and cholesterol. Honey is comprised of natural sugar (most flower honey contains about 80% sugar, mostly fructose and glucose), water (the less water content the honey has, the better the quality of honey), minerals, vitamins, pollen and protein. Not only could honey’s antioxidants help to eliminate free radicals in the body, they are also part of the nutrient supply for growth of new tissue. That’s what makes honey an ideal addition to beauty treatments for the skin!

RGreek Honey - Bee Hivesaw honey helps maintain health and energy: not only is honey a great energy booster, but it is said that honey helps strengthen the immune system and acts as a natural remedy for many ailments. For thousands of years numerous cultures have used honey not only as a healthy food but also for its medicinal value. The use of honey as a natural medicine to treat a wide variety of ailments has been well understood in folk medicine and ancient cultures, and researchers began to document the healing properties of honey in the early part of the 20th century. With the recent development of resistance to antibiotics, there has been a renewed interest in the healing properties of honey.

Honey is a natural source of carbohydrates which provide strength and energy to our bodies. The glucose in honey is absorbed by the body quickly and gives an immediate energy boost, while the fructose is absorbed more slowly and provides sustained energy and endurance. Honey has also been found to keep levels of blood sugar fairly constant compared to other types of sugar. Due to its glycemic index, which is lower than that of sugar, honey does not raise blood sugar levels as quickly. (The glycemic index is a measure of how a food raises your blood sugar and insulin – the higher the score, the greater the increase.)