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The Bittersweet Truth About Honey

You might think that honey is safe to consume if you’re vegan, but there are issues with it.

  • Honey is an animal product. It is produced by bees consuming nectar from flowers and then regurgitating it. So honey can be seen as an animal product such as eggs or milk. Honey also contains animal ferments and protein.
  • Honey harms the bees. Did you know that bees feel pain when they are exploited for their products, such as beeswax? It is impossible for beekeepers to prevent hurting bees when they are extracting the wax from them. Added to this, bees produce honey to survive through the winter months, so if we are stealing their honey then we are preventing them from surviving. Bees work hard for the honey and are often exploited or killed for it.
  • Bees Provide Much of Our Food. Bees are vital to our health because they pollinate flowers on fruit trees. Without this service, we wouldn’t have fruit on many trees. And it’s not just fruit. About 1/3 of all US crops depend on bees pollinating them! So without bees, we would lose 1/3 of our produce. That is a scary fact.
  • How to Replace Honey

We all need a bit of sweetness from time to time, and luckily there are alternatives to honey to satisfy your craving. Try coconut nectar that is made from the reduced sap of coconut palms. It is high in vitamins while being low-glycaemic. Another idea is to make your own date paste. Dates are sweet and delicious. All you need to do is soak dates in water or apple juice for about an hour and then blend the mixture in a food processor. You can use this date paste on many things, such as cereals or yogurt. Yum! It can be stored for up to a week in your refrigerator.

 

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  1. Vin Chauhun
    Vin Chauhun
    It sure is a shame people don't realize how bees are affected by us. I don't consume honey for the reasons you mention, but I didn't know they feel pain :) I get great joy watching them going about their daily business, its very stress relieving. voted:)
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    1. Giulia Simolo
      Giulia Simolo
      Hi there, Vin. Yes, it's really sad for the bees! Thanks for your comment and voting.:)
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  2. phytomega
    people often times claim the health benifits of honey without really doing the research.. let me debunk a some myths for you. first of all, many people claim that honey has a low glycemic index. this is false. agave nectar has a much lower glycemic index than honey. agave nectar has a GI of 17, while honey has a GI of 68 (60-74 depending on variety). keep in mind this is on a scale of 0 to 100 under normal conditions the agave would be healthier, but if you were engaging in an endurance athletic event like a marathon or triathlon you would want a higher GI food supplement to prevent hypoglycemia. in which case, honey would still not be the best choice, pure glucose with a GI of 100 would be ideal. secondly, people often claim that local honey is good for building immunities to allergies.. this is purely anecdotal and unsubstantiated by scientific research. furthermore, many people are are actually allergic to honey itself. thirdly, some people think that honey is good for you because it is natural. the truth is that many animal products that are natural are still bad for you. in fact, honey has been known to contain bacteria that can cause botulism. what do you call a vegan that eats honey? same thing that you call a vegetarian that eats fish. a charlatan. except for scott jurek who is a vegan icon who openly proclaims his love for honey stinger waffles, and he can do whatever he wants because he is arguably the greatest ultrarunner of all time. i may be going out on a limb here, but eating honey could be what is responsible for colony collapse.. much like other animals the disease rates in animals kept as livestock is much higher than that of their wild counterpart. so keeping bees in captivity greatly assists is the proliferation of viruses and parasites. the viruses and parasites breed and thrive in the bee hive box, while the diseased drones proliferate and spread the infection.. this is a very serious issue, because the loss of bees could rusult in tremendously negative agricultural impact. who is going to pollinate all of our trees and plants? how can being a vegan and eating honey be justified? if you was a vegan who ate honey on accident or because you were super hungry and there were no other options, then you would still be a vegan. but if you are someone who doesnt eat meat, but you think its ok to eat honey, than you are a vegetarian, not a vegan.. which is ok.. there is nothing wrong with being a vegetarian.. you are still doing a great deal less harm than you would be doing if you were a omnivore. even if you are a real vegan you are still doing harm to the planet just by the plants you eat. that palm oil you eat instead of lard often comes from clear cut rain forests.. the peanut butter you eat has insects ground up in it.. the field that you get your veggies from is a graveyard for squirrels slaughtered by the combine harvester.. though a vegan diet is optimal, it is far from innocuous. in conclusion, before we judge the honey eater who claims to be vegan, we must remember, not one of us is perfect.. ..except for martyrs, and they only become perfect at the unjust conclusion of their earthly existence.
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  3. phytomega
    people often times claim the health benifits of honey without really doing the research.. let me debunk a some myths for you. first of all, many people claim that honey has a low glycemic index. this is false. agave nectar has a much lower glycemic index than honey. agave nectar has a GI of 17, while honey has a GI of 68 (60-74 depending on variety). keep in mind this is on a scale of 0 to 100 under normal conditions the agave would be healthier, but if you were engaging in an endurance athletic event like a marathon or triathlon you would want a higher GI food supplement to prevent hypoglycemia. in which case, honey would still not be the best choice, pure glucose with a GI of 100 would be ideal. secondly, people often claim that local honey is good for building immunities to allergies.. this is purely anecdotal and unsubstantiated by scientific research. furthermore, many people are are actually allergic to honey itself. thirdly, some people think that honey is good for you because it is natural. the truth is that many animal products that are natural are still bad for you. in fact, honey has been known to contain bacteria that can cause botulism. what do you call a vegan that eats honey? same thing that you call a vegetarian that eats fish. a charlatan. except for scott jurek who is a vegan icon who openly proclaims his love for honey stinger waffles, and he can do whatever he wants because he is arguably the greatest ultrarunner of all time. i may be going out on a limb here, but eating honey could be what is responsible for colony collapse.. much like other animals the disease rates in animals kept as livestock is much higher than that of their wild counterpart. so keeping bees in captivity greatly assists is the proliferation of viruses and parasites. the viruses and parasites breed and thrive in the bee hive box, while the diseased drones proliferate and spread the infection.. this is a very serious issue, because the loss of bees could rusult in tremendously negative agricultural impact. who is going to pollinate all of our trees and plants? how can being a vegan and eating honey be justified? if you was a vegan who ate honey on accident or because you were super hungry and there were no other options, then you would still be a vegan. but if you are someone who doesnt eat meat, but you think its ok to eat honey, than you are a vegetarian, not a vegan.. which is ok.. there is nothing wrong with being a vegetarian.. you are still doing a great deal less harm than you would be doing if you were a omnivore. even if you are a real vegan you are still doing harm to the planet just by the plants you eat. that palm oil you eat instead of lard often comes from clear cut rain forests.. the peanut butter you eat has insects ground up in it.. the field that you get your veggies from is a graveyard for squirrels slaughtered by the combine harvester.. though a vegan diet is optimal, it is far from innocuous. in conclusion, before we judge the honey eater who claims to be vegan, we must remember, not one of us is perfect.. ..except for martyrs, and they only become perfect at the unjust conclusion of their earthly existence.
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