Honey should be taken as un-processed as possible. Cold-expressed honey is the healthiest type for human consumption as others are often heated to quicken their extraction from the honeycomb, which of course damages the micro-elements of the honey.

Honey has many health giving properties; it is a natural antiseptic which can be applied to open wounds, eczema and other skin rashes, mouth ulcers and erosions. It is a source of numerous vitamins and amino acids and can contain many bio-active substances depending on the flowers it has been collected from. It used to be used as medicine for arthritis, anaemia, cancer, debility, digestive troubles, insomnia and headaches, as well as infections of the throat and chest.

If you tend to crave sweet things like honey and sugar, you might have and Candida overgrowth in your gut. Another sign of this is a craving for carbohydrates; click here for more information. So it is important that honey and all other sweet things (except fresh fruit) are avoided as part of an anti-candida diet. It can be re-introduced once the Candida has cleared.

When following the GAPS Diet, natural honey is allowed as it contains fructose and glucose which a GAPS digestive system can deal with. It should however be avoided at the beginning of the diet to discourage Candida growth.


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