Not only is honey a delicious sweetener for your tea but it also acts as an antimicrobial and antioxidant. It is a much healthier alternative to regular sugar because the natural sugars in honey take longer to digest than refined sugar.
In order to get the benefits of honey, you must buy it in the raw form. Otherwise, it would have gone through heat processing which would strip it of it’s health benefits. If you add the raw honey into your freshly brewed tea, the heat will destroy the nutrients. Pasteurization of honey is typically done at 145 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to kill the nutrients, and boiling water is about 212 degrees Fahrenheit.
Heating up raw honey to 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit causes loss of some of it’s antibacterial components. Heating up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit destroys invertase, an enzyme that has the ability to break down the bond between fructose and glucose making it a vital part of the digestion of complex sugars into blood sugar (glucose) which can be used as a ready fuel source by the body.
Letting your tea cool down to a temperature cool enough to drink without burning your mouth should be a sufficient temperature to add in the raw honey and preserve its nutritional benefits.
I am a graduate of Oakland University in Michigan with a BS in Health Sciences. My studies included Nutrition courses, Community Health courses, Alternative Medicine courses, and Human Anatomy Courses. My studies jump-started my interest in natural and alternative medicine, but my real interest came through my own research and personal use of supplements and natural alternatives. When I am not learning about the world of natural alternatives, I spend my time with my boyfriend of nearly 5 years who I have also put supplements to the test on. I am so excited to be writing this blog to share my research and findings with you and I hope we can all learn something new!