So I've been doing really well on Paleo and I've done my first week of a perfect paleo diet... or did I? A treat, I liked to mix 1/4 cup walnuts, 1/4 cups of almonds, and a tbsp of raw, unfiltered, organic honey. I've been doing reading and there seems to be a lot of controversey about honey altogether. Opinions ranged from "It's identical to HFCS" to "It's been used millenia before the Old Testament!" I don't know what to think so I'm tempted to throw my honey out like I did with my fruit, because I want to lose weight asap (which I have been succeeding at).
Opinions? Is honey evil?!
The Hadza, an opportunistic foraging tribe, consume very large quantities of honey during certain times of the year, and it is universally ranked as the most preferable food source- higher than meat, berries, baobab fruit, and tubers. It comprises the majority of calories during peak times of the year.
My opinion is that it is both better for you and more paleo than the nuts you are mixing it with.
Raw honey from a good source is great. It's even better if you find the right uses for it. I use it in my coffee and sometimes if I'm needing a sweet kick to something.
It's evil if you use it as a staple, consuming massive quantities of it.
I think you're mistaking paleohacks for "Atkins-hacks." Of course, Honey is paleo... as long as it's raw and hopefully local.
If you do better on low-carb then stay away from it. If you seem to do fine with some carbs, I don't see what the problem is.
It is probably the least offensive sweetener, and probably used very rarely in Paleo times.
On one hand, it is high in fructose, on the other, it is full of antioxidants and good stuffs.
Get the best raw honey you can, the darker the better, and never heat it, and you are fine. Grocery store honey isn't recognizable as honey, so buy local farmers market honey.
Honey is a sweetener, which are not allowed in most variations of Paleo. BUT if you're going to use a sweetener (as opposed to just eating fruit), then raw unfiltered local honey is the best choice of the lot.
Is Honey a Safe(r) Sweetener? at Mark's Daily Apple
It also comes down to moderation, as a weekly or monthly reward, it's just fine. Not so much if you're adding it to your coffee every morning. One of the BBC's Human Planet episodes showed the risk/reward involved in hunter-gatherers trying to procure honey. When we got it, we certainly ate it. But again, not a daily occurrence ...
Honey's "evil" if you have diabetes, prediabetes or insulin resistance or other metabolic difficulties. Otherwise it's an acceptable* sweetener on paleo. HGs gather honey, sometimes to excess (although only for short time periods), and usually in very hazardous conditions.
*acceptable when used in moderate quantities, raw. Use common sense; it is a sugar, with all the potential problems that come with that.
If you want to lose weight, skip the honey for now until the weight comes off. Honey lasts well, so you could keep it if you aren't subject to cravings.
If you are trying to loose weight, and transition into a paleo diet -- Then I would said no to honey. I think the best method is cold turkey for 21 days to "detox" from SAD.
After that, small quantities, on occasion, are fine.
Speaking as an individual with Crohn's,raw honey is one of the few sources of carbohydrate that does not cause myself issues with bloat if consumed in more than small quantities.
I also have to say it is pretty nice to take a spoonful before bed along with a Magnesium pill then enter some Rip Van Winkle level of slumber.