Honey is one of the products with more richness in its composition and with a great tradition behind its production process.
Something interesting is that it has an unusual composition, since it stays fresh for a long time, extending its lifetime. It is also low in humidity and has a very acidic pH composition, which creates an uninhabitable environment for bacteria and microorganisms, this is why it doesn’t go bad.
Here are some aspects why honey is relevant in our life and is good for our health. We’ll also tell you where you can easily find it, while supporting the communities of Yucatan.
- It has a lot of minerals such as iron, calcium, phosphate, sodium chloride, potassium and magnesium, as well as several vitamins, making it a good source of energy.
- Contrary to what is commonly thought, honey does not increase blood sugar, in fact, it regulates it, by balancing fructose with glucose. This allows the proper functioning of organs such as the brain, liver, kidney and heart (in case of diabetes, consult your physician).
- Honey helps to control infections, wounds and burns.
- It also helps us to sleep, helping you to rest better.
- As if that weren’t enough, by consuming it regularly, it eases the problems of allergies, since we can get our body used to polen and not reject it.
There are also other aspects in which honey is a great support in our lives, such as menstruation, constipation, sore throat or against acne when using it as a mask.
A place where you can find one of the best honeys in the state of Yucatan, known for being a natural extraction center of this sweet treasure is in Sinanché.
In this community located between Motul and San Crisanto, you can find the cooperative Apiturismo Sinanché. There, you can’t only buy the best quality honey, but also participate in the tours given by locals to learn more about the extraction process, the importance of honey and bees, by having a responsible approach to the beehives.
This type of honey comes from the stingless bee melipona beecheii, native to the Yucatan Peninsula and which has been cultivated by the Mayans for many, many years. This type of honey has been used in traditional medicine for its healing, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Now that you know more about the benefits of honey, we invite you to consume it in a responsible way, buying it directly from local producers. If you want to learn more about its production process, check out our trips and activities here.
Article by Karime Reyes Chin & Jan Martín Müller.