Dear Ruthy, I see that you’re quite a fan of bee products at Joya, but I always thought of them as just a (slightly healthier) form of sugar. Am I missing something?
I’m so glad you asked this question, as all bee products – in their unprocessed (or “raw”) form, are truly some of nature’s most powerful superfoods! If not for the pollinating activity of bees, we also wouldn’t have so many of the wonderful foods that we eat, including some of my favourites: avocado, papaya, citrus, squash, sesame, coconut, almonds, walnuts, macadamias, Brazil nuts, brussels sprouts and coffee (just to name a few)! Here’s the low-down on our favourites, but I encourage you to learn even more through expert sources such as the Canadian Honey Council and our bee product friends, Beekeeper’s Naturals(who offer all of the bee products below, including one super-product that contains all four: the unBEElievable Bee Powered).
Bee Pollen: Energy, Protein & Nutrient Powerhouse, Anti-inflammatory, Immunity
Bee pollen is a ball of pollen packed by worker honeybees into little pellets. From a nutritional perspective, bee pollen is much more potent than flower pollen because honey bee secretions induce a fermentation process that breaks down the walls of flower pollen grains and make the nutrients more absorbable. Bee pollen is the bees’ power source, and when you think about all the heavy lifting they do – carrying almost half their body weight back to the hive every day – they need a serious source of fuel! Considered one of nature’s most nourishing foods, bee pollen contains almost all of the nutrients required by humans to thrive. It boasts more protein per gram than any animal product and is jam packed with amino acids (broken down protein), making it easily absorbable by the body. It’s also a source of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and fats (including essential fatty acids). Bee pollen is actually responsible for the many health benefits of raw honey, as the honey contains small amounts of pollen. Pollen is the ultimate energizing superfood! How to use: I love this sprinkled on toast, granola, elixirs and lattes… just about EVERYTHING! (seriously, if you don’t believe me, just check out the proof.)
Raw Honey: Nutrients, Enzymes & Antioxidants, Immunity
Unlike most commercial honey that’s been processed under high heat and filtered, raw honey is honey in its pure, unfiltered (it still contains little bits of bee pollen) and unpasteurized form, and therefore its nutritional value and other health benefits are kept intact. Raw honey is so rich in enzymes that it’s the only food on the planet that never goes bad! It’s also often referred to as both a perfect pre-workout fuel and post-workout energy source since its natural sugars provide an easily absorbed supply of energy in the form of glycogen and it boasts vitamins, minerals, protein, antioxidants. How to use: We love adding raw honey to all of our beverages (it provides the perfect floral sweetness added to our matcha elixir), drizzled on pancakes, waffles, toast and oatmeal, or by the spoonful!