Since the Stone Age, honey has been sought after for its nutritional and medicinal value. Cavemen from the beginning of time have worked hard to hunt out wild beehives and strip them of this natural sweetener, making honey a prized staple of the paleo food diet.
Here’s everything you need to know about incorporating honey into your paleo food diet.
A brief history of honey
Honey has been preserved since the building of the ancient pyramids of Egypt, and archeologists were stunned to discover that the food has an eternal shelf life. Beekeepers were extracting honey from hives as earlier as 2,500 B.C. in Egypt, or so the cave carvings suggest. Pots of honey have also been discovered in the tombs of ancient pharaohs to be taken into the afterlife, making evident that honey was truly of value to different groups of people throughout history.
Benefits to your diet
Honey is a cholesterol regulating substance in that it has the ability to lower bad cholesterol and raise the healthy levels with one small dose. Additionally, honey used as a natural energy source is supremely beneficial to your diet; body fuel can be obtained through the glycogen in the liver, and this is valuable for when you wake up to start your early morning workout. Honey is actually considered the best carbohydrate to eat before you begin any routine of physical activity, at any time of day.
Eat honey sparingly when paleo
Although honey is naturally occurring and packed with many health benefits, it should be used sparingly in a paleo food diet. Natural honey contains a decent amount of fructose, which is only metabolized in our livers, just as alcohol is processed. The over consumption of this natural sweetener could put pressure on your liver, which needs to work even harder to absorb it into your system. This can lead to insulin resistance, liver disease, obesity, and diabetes.
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