Classic honey, cloudy honey, floral honey, single species honey (like yellow box or ironbark), Manuka honey, Medi-Honey and creamed honey – today there are so many options! Honey is the go-to sweetener in many households. It can be used in herbal teas, with lemon and hot water, and is heavenly on top of porridge or mixed into yoghurt. It also has numerous perceived health benefits, including healing cuts, soothing sore throats and more.
In this Product Snapshot, we look at the pros and cons of one of the newest honey options on the market, Capilano Beeotic Honey.
Beeotic honey made by Capilano claims to be the only clinically-tested prebiotic honey in the world. Prebiotics are natural, non-digestible fibres that feed the good bacteria living in your gut and help sustain health and overall wellness. Maintaining these good bacteria is important for good digestion.
There are many causes of imbalance between the good and bad bacteria in your gut. These include:
* antibiotic use
* poor diet
* extensive use of disinfectants.
Getting the balance of bacteria wrong can have far reaching effects on your health and even impact your weight, the absorption of vitamins and minerals, and cause inflammation.
That’s why it is important to maintain a healthy level of good gut bacteria and Beeotic claims to do this. Capilano recommend a dose of 14 mL of honey per day (around one tablespoon).
As with any high glycaemic sweetener, don’t overdo the honey - even if it’s got probiotics. Unless you’re active and used to consuming carbs, it’s best to stick to one 14 mL tablespoon a day otherwise you may find yourself gaining weight.
In fact Capilano say on their website that Beeotic "is a medicinal honey, with a recommended dose of 14 mL per day clinically demonstrated to provide therapeutic effects. We do not know of any additional benefit in taking more than the recommended dose. The maximum daily dose is 70 mL."
|Beeotic per 14 g serve
|Beeotic per 100 g
|Classic Honey per 100 g
|1416kJ (338 Cal)
Data from manufacturer’s website: www.capilanohoney.com
If you can afford the price, this honey appears to tick all the boxes. Health claims to correct gut bacteria are scientifically supported, making this honey beneficial in our overmedicated culture. It may be particularly useful in those struggling with digestive problems such as irritable bowel.
Keep in mind that honey is still a form of sugar, regardless of being ‘natural’. Too much honey will still expand your waistline, so moderation and small portion sizes (a 14 mL tablespoon as per the manufacturer’s suggestion) is important.
Honey is not a cure-all though and if you cannot afford this highly expensive alternative honey don’t stress, there are other ways to increase your intake of prebiotics. Such as including any of the following in your diet: onions, garlic, leeks, Jerusalem artichokes, chicory root and asparagus.
Thank you to Caitlin Delaney for the research, photos and writing.