THE LATEST SUPERFOOD: BEE POLLEN
I was first introduced to bee pollen as a topping for açaí bowls. My first thoughts: You want me to EAT the stuff that makes my sinus’ inflame and sneeze 85 times a day for half the year?! NO THANKS. Nevertheless, pure curiosity won the battle.
Bee pollen is relatively tasteless, although there are hints of fruity and floral flavors. It comes in small pellets and the texture is a bit chalky and a bit crunchy… but not displeasing at all. I researched the health benefits and whoa. Now, I have incorporated bee pollen in to my diet regularly and love the way that it makes me feel!
- Bee pollen is filled with vitamins and minerals. One tablespoon contains:
- 16 calories;
- 0.24 grams of fat;
- 1.2 grams of protein (WOW!);
- 2.18 grams of carbohydrates; and
- 250 types of vitamins and flavonoids.
- The substance I am speaking of is the pollen found on the bodies of bees or in their saliva. Bee pollen is not the same as honey, honeycomb, bee venom, or royal jelly. Although also related to bees, these products do not contain bee pollen. This superfood is the pollen that bees carry from flowers to their hives to produce honey with.
- You can buy bee pollen online or at most health food stores!
- The German Federal Board of Health recognizes bee pollen as a medicine. It is known to aid:
- dietary issues
- liver health
- immune health
- prostate health
- reduce bad cholesterol
- increase metabolism
- AND TREAT ALLERGIES!
- Bee pollen has extremely high antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are naturally formed chemicals which are found in plant-based foods and help with cell-damage – and numerous other health benefits.
- Holistic doctors often recommend bee pollen while treating alcoholism, asthma, and chemotherapy side effects.
- Although it has not been scientifically proven yet, bee pollen is known to help athletic performance.
- It is not just for eating… bee pollen is found in a number of products such as moisturizers, diaper rash cream, and eczema ointment.
- According to WebMD, people who are allergic to pollen should not consume large amounts and can cause a “serious allergic reaction – including shortness of breath, hives, swelling, and anaphylaxis”. However, I have the absolute worst seasonal allergies and fear going outside at the sight of pollen.. I have never experienced any sort of reaction after consuming bee pollen. If anything, I would say it has helped my allergies! It is important to try bee pollen in small doses as first and pay attention for signs of itching, swelling, lightheadedness, and trouble breathing. Call a physician immediately if you are experiencing serious side effects.
*I do not recommend going out and collecting the pollen that has collected on surfaces and eating it*
Use it as a topping on your açaí bowl like I do, or also on your yogurt parfaits, oatmeal, in your smoothies, wherever! It can easily be ground up into a powder and put into a capsule, as well.