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All abuzz about bee pollen - but what is it?

“Bee Pollen contains nearly all the nutrients required by the human body, which is just amazing.”

There is a real BUZZ about bee pollen at the moment. We have the low down on what is it and why should you care.

You may think bee pollen is simply another fad, but as we discovered when we sat down with the team at Canberra’s Naked Foods, it is actually a true ‘super-food’. Providing a myriad of health benefits, incorporating bee pollen into your daily regime is incredibly simple and delicious.

What is bee pollen and where does it come from?

Quite basically, bee pollen is a ball of pollen grains that honeybees collect from flowering plants. When the worker bees collect nectar to make honey, pollen gets carried on their legs back to the hive. It's a main source of protein and provides energy and nutrients for the whole hive.

What are the benefits of eating bee pollen?

There are many health benefits to be gained by eating this super-food. It is rich in vitamins and minerals, naturally lowers cholesterol, is 40% protein and contains free amino acids, which are ready to be used directly by the body. It has antibacterial properties, reduces inflammation, regulates hormones and is great for skin and energy levels. Bee pollen contains nearly all the nutrients required by the human body, which is just amazing.

What does it taste like and how do I use it?

Bee pollen has a sweet honey like flavour and a granular texture. You can add it to anything - sprinkle ½ -1 teaspoon on porridge, smoothies, chia puddings, salads, roasted vegetables or whatever takes your fancy.

The final word?

Bee pollen is easy to incorporate into your diet – you can carry it in a small jar and add it to any meal. You only need a small amount to reap the health benefits.

Naked foods is located on Lonsdale Street in Braddon, pop in and pay them a visit.

Nestled in the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Pollen understands and appreciates the important role bees play in keeping the eco-system running smoothly. Did you know that the Botanic Gardens have constructed a Bee Hotel to house the native Australian busy bees? Check it out next time you visit Pollen.

We've created a Pinterest board of some recipes using Bee Pollen

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