Story courtesy Oregon Coast Aquarium
Eating to Save Our Oceans: What’s Honey Gotta Do With It?
If you’re thinking about making good food choices that would affect the ocean, do you think about honey? Probably not, but maybe you should.
Although not actually a seafood, honey production is an important industry all along the coast which provides this amazingly healthy food. Not only that, all those honey-producing bees are a vital component to keeping the coast (and the world) healthy and biologically diverse. Our plant life couldn’t reproduce without pollinators – and without plants there wouldn’t be any animals, including us.
The Oregon coast is a patchwork of prairies, estuaries, beaches, forests and woodlands. During this time of year, these areas are ablaze with flowering plants and abuzz with millions of bees. The resulting honey can be sustainably harvested and is a virtual “super food,” especially if you purchase it locally and in its raw form.
Consider the benefits:
* The carbohydrates in honey supply energy, boost endurance and reduce fatigue.
* Honey is cholesterol-free and some reports suggest it may even help keep cholesterol levels in check.
* Honey has natural curative properties, stimulates your immune system, soothes digestive problems and even alleviates some symptoms of arthritis.
* Because locally produced honey contains local allergens, it will help you build a tolerance to these substances and prevent allergic attacks.
* When combined with other healthy habits, honey can dramatically aid in weight reduction.
* Honey can boost your metabolism, making your body more efficient at how it processes and expends energy.
Perhaps best of all, honey is inexpensive and easy to acquire. Check out local farmers’ markets or organic grocery stores for the best local selections.
Of course, no food is perfect and honey shouldn’t be consumed under some conditions and never by children under one year of age. As with any food, you should always consult a doctor if you have concerns or intend to use it as a major part of a health regime.