Many people wonder whether honey is one of the select few sweeteners that are permitted as a part of the Paleo diet. If you like honey, you will be happy to learn that raw, unfiltered, local honey is a Paleo food. Before you get your head stuck in a jar of honey a’ la Winnie the Pooh, make sure you read this article fully. Like some other Paleo foods, honey does not belong on everyone’s Paleo table.
Humans have been eating honey for thousands of years, sometimes risking life and limb to get it from bees’ nests perched in tall trees or other hard to reach places. Honey does have some nutritional value, in addition to being a sweet treat. It contains small amounts of vitamins and minerals. It is even thought to boost immune function.
As with some other Paleo foods, just because it’s Paleo does not mean that you should eat it. People who are trying to lose weight should avoid honey, as well as people who are trying to become ketogenic. Also, if eating honey gets you started down the slippery slope towards consuming other sweet things that are not Paleo, you might want to avoid it for that reason.
If you would like to include honey in your Paleo diet, be careful when you shop for it. There are many jars of golden sweet “stuff” in the “honey” section of the store. Only some of those jars contain only honey, and even fewer of them contain the raw, unfiltered, local honey that you are looking for. Read the label carefully before making your selection or, even better, buy your honey at a local farm or apiary. If you can’t find any raw local honey amazon has a great selection. I’d recommend the YS Organic, Wee Bee or Stakich brands.