Sure, honey is a natural sweetener. But it is also so much more! It is a natural food with health benefits. Honey contains natural antioxidants, enzymes and minerals including iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and selenium. The vitamins found in honey include vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and niacin.
Commercial honey is often heavily processed and may even have been chemically refined. Excessive heat destroys the natural enzymes, vitamins, and minerals in honey. Filtering and processing eliminates many of the beneficial phytonutrients including pollen and enzyme-rich propolis.
So to get the benefits of all that honey offers, opt for raw local honey. I get mine from the local co-op or farmers markets.