On the Kaufmann Diet, you are initial eliminating all forms of sugar and sweeteners, including honey. This is because The Kaufmann Diet is designed to eliminate pathogenic yeasts and fungi from the body, which can cause a variety of health problems. Yeast and fungi thrive on sugar, therefore, eliminating foods high in sugar goes a long way towards eliminating these parasitic organisms from your body.
As you ease into Phase Two of the Kaufmann Diet and eventually the LifePhase, a small amount of sweeteners may be added back into the diet.
Among those sweeteners encouraged is honey. Even though it is in high in sugar, honey does possess some remarkable health benefits. It is high in organic acids, may assist in preventing seasonal allergies, contains antioxidants, and is beneficial in the healing of wounds and ulcers. Honey has even been shown to have some anti-fungal activity, making it among the best sweeteners to use if you are going to include those in your diet.
Still, honey’s use should be relegated to the Kaufmann 2 Diet.
One particular type of honey that stands out for its health benefits is Manuka honey. Manuka honey is a monofloral honey produced in New Zealand and Australia; the honey is made exclusively with the nectar of the Manuka tree. The honey produced via the nectar of the Manuka tree is high in certain compounds that give it medicinal properties. Specifically, Manuka honey is high in MGO (methylglyoxal), leptosperin and DHA (dihydroxyacetone).
Manuka honey has been shown to be beneficial for a variety of things. It is potently anti-viral and antibacterial. It may even be beneficial against antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. Its antimicrobial properties make Manuka honey a good defense against infection, both internal and topically.
In addition to its antimicrobial properties, Manuka honey may also be beneficial for:
- easing upset stomachs
- giving a natural source of energy
- immune boosting
- healing minor cuts or scrapes on the skin
Manuka honey may be consumed or applied topically.
Remember that while on the Kaufmann 2 Diet, foods rich in sugar should be consumed sparingly. If at any point symptoms return, it is advised to go on the more restrictive Kaufmann 1 Diet.