I consume maybe 20 grams of carb daily. High fat and some protein. However I do down a teaspoon of raw honey before bed. I seem to sleep more soundly that way. My question: Is honey Paleo? It's been consumed by humans for a few thousand years, bui don't know if it goes back 10,000 years. Can someone shed light on this?
Yes, honey IS Paleo (despite some Paleo decision-tree graphics that float online saying it's not). Hunter-gatherer tribes are often put their lives at risk to get some honey. As long as:
You're not trying to lose weight
You're not trying to be ketogenic
Your honey is raw, unfiltered, AND local
then honey is perfectly Paleo, and it has very potent anti-microbial properties (just don't heat it up, so its agents remain alive during consumption).
As for its fructose and other sugar content, it's all monosaccarides, which is totally absorbable by the human body before reaches the gut, and so it does not feed gut bacteria (which result in other problems). This is why the healing SCD and GAPS diets (similar to Paleo) allow "real" honey, even if they're low carb otherwise.
Raw honey contains a small amount of minerals, amino acids, and vitamins making it a far better choice than cane sugar, agave or stevia. Processed honey is crap.
Remember: we eat this way because it is an effective way to eat whole, natural foods, which benefit our bodies. It doesn't necessarily follow that we would or would not eat something that our ancestors ate thousands of years ago (we wouldn't be able to know exactly what they ate, anyways, without a time machine!). If you wanted to go that route, why are you on the internet? haha
Whenever possible, you should purchase locally raised, raw honey. It is tastier & more potent! The benefits outweigh any negatives in my opinion.
Honey was definitely eaten and enjoyed by our Paleolithic ancestors. There are pictographs in Africa from c5000 bc showing hunters raiding wild bee hives for honey. Depictions in Egypt on tombs 2500 bc showing smoke blown into wild hives and in Israel man made hives have been excavated from 1000bc.
Ancient Egyptians used honey to sweeten their blue lotus infused wine as blue lotus made the wine more bitter. Honey is a fantastic sweetener in moderation... I like brushing it on my fish or veggies with salt and pepper. Raw organic honey has a stronger flavor than the store bought processed garbage, only a little (1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon) I've found goes a very long way, so if in moderation it should not affect a low carb diet badly unless you eat massive quantities. I also use organic liquid and powdered stevia to sweeten, stevia is just an herb that's a great alternative to disgusting artificial cancer causing sweeteners.
Honey was absolutely, without a doubt, consumed by our ancestors. I'm a farmer and I know how hard it is to use my hands to turn soil and water and sunshine into nourishing calories...so I can only imagine how hard it was without seed catalogs, composted horse manure, and drip irrigation! If a paleolithic tribe found an abandoned hollow log full of honey it would have been our modern day equivalent to winning the lottery! Easy calories that don't need any processing (drying, fermenting, etc.) and keeps forever! A separate question is, for a contemporary tummy attempting to tap into the health of our ancestors, is honey a good choice? If you are eating honey before bed and feeling good, then I think you have already answered your own question. Honey is 'paleo' for you. For some people (sadly, myself right now) honey causes problems. But my feeling is a healthy happy healed tummy can tolerate honey very well and that raw honey is an amazing and sacred food! I see not being able to digest honey, or honey giving my stomach a hard time, as a sign of needing healing in the gut. Because, honey is right up there with lard and liver as being a crazy awesome gift from the earth!
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