Raw honey in hot drinks

Answered on March 03, 2014
Created March 02, 2014 at 1:17 PM

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Is it pointless to put raw honey into a hot drink like tea? Do the benefits of it being raw and local disappear because it is heated up before it is consumed?

I don't know exactly what benefits I'm looking to see. I don't have any allergies that I'm aware of. I just know raw is better, but I'm wondering if I should even bother with the expense if all I'm doing is putting it in tea/coffee.

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on March 03, 2014
at 02:06 PM

I call hype on raw "local" honey.


on March 03, 2014
at 01:57 PM

If you're buying good raw honey you'd be doing yourself a disservice by putting it in a hot drink - as it would effectively cook it. Dave Asprey had a good talk about this via his creativeLIVE broadcast. He basically outlined the previous statement.

Depends what you're taking the honey for also. If you just generally have cash to burn and want some high quality Manuka or otherwise in your tea - go for it. If you want better sleep quality, a tea spoon before bed followed by some coconut oil / MCT oil was said to minimise the glucose depletion that leads to grogginess upon waking (it was stated within the context and benefits to pregnant women however). If you strictly take it for its anti-bacterial properties then a tea spoon or two consumed raw should provide those.



on March 03, 2014
at 11:04 AM

AFAIK raw honey is unfiltered and contains wax, so it looks a bit like a whiteish color. It's not just raw because it's not cooked. So you'd still get that benefit.

The next question, is how hot, and what would get damaged by that heat. Certainly not the sugars. But perhaps whatever pollen or enzymes are left in it. If you're worried about it, use filtered honey in your hot drinks and eat raw honey with a spoon.

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