Found this on Twitter. Pretty much says it all.
The differences between raw and pasteurized honey are substantial. Raw honey is an alkaline-forming food that contains natural vitamins, enzymes, powerful antioxidants and other important natural nutrients. These are the very nutrients that are destroyed during the heating and pasteurization process. In fact, pasteurized honey is equivalent to and just as unhealthy as eating refined sugar.
Raw honey has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties.
It promotes body and digestive health, is a powerful antioxidant, strengthens the immune system, eliminates allergies, and is an excellent remedy for skin wounds and all types of infections.
Raw honey’s benefits don’t stop there.
Raw honey can also stabilize blood pressure, balance sugar levels, relieve pain, calm nerves, and it has been used to treat ulcers.
Raw honey is also an expectorant and anti-inflammatory and has been known to effectively treat respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and asthma.
Raw honey purchased from a local source is an excellent way of treating seasonal allergies.
Local honey is preferred for treating allergies because the likelihood is great that it will contain small amounts of the specific pollens an individual may be allergic to.
As a beekeeper for 41 years I would like to offer a few comments about your information on the differences between Raw and Pasteurized Honey. Honey is relatively acidic ~3.5 ph, not “alkaline forming” as you state. Most of my customers and I prefer raw honey over pasteurized. However, I believe the drawbacks of pasteurized are not as extensive or sever as you have reported on your website. If warmed properly, only a slight change in the taste and color of the honey is noticeable, even to a honey connoisseur… Many may appreciate your vigor and what appears to be on the verge of medical claims about Raw honey, but I and many have learned to be very cautious in making such claims… I think it would be fantastic if there were to be scientific evidence that supports the huge benefits you report in eating Raw honey… That said, there has been some advancement with using certain honeys in wound care. Yes, I believe HONEY (raw or pasteurized) offers some nutritive benefits over refined sugar. I also believe that some consumers of honey believe they have found relief from allergies or perhaps other ailments. I guess I would like to see some restraint in the way you have promoted honey in general and especially Raw, at the extreme detriment to Pasteurized… Honey is good…