Health benefits of Honey
Honey has been used since ancient times both as a food and as a medicine. Since then, honey is used for sweetening, much of its use has become focused on its medicinal properties and its use in confectionary. This rich golden liquid is the miraculous product of honey bees and a naturally delicious.
Honey comes in a range of colors including white, amber, red, brown and almost black. Its flavor and texture vary with the type of flower nectar from which it was made. While the most commonly available honeys are made from clover, alfalfa, heather and acacia flowers, honey can be made from a variety of different flowers, including thyme and lavender. Honey being a Nature’s nutritive sweetener, has many health benefits.
Honey has a source of traditional nutrients, as of vitamin B2, vitamin B6, iron and manganese. The health benefits of honey don’t just stop at satisfying the palate; honey offers incredible antiseptic, antioxidant and cleansing properties for our body and health.
The process of making honey begins when the bees feast on flowers, collecting the flower nectar in their mouths. This nectar then mixes with special enzymes in the bees’ saliva, an alchemical process that turns it into honey. The bees carry the honey back to the hive where they deposit it into the cells of the hive’s walls. The fluttering of their wings provides the necessary ventilation to reduce the moisture’s content making it ready for consumption.
Honey having a delectable liquid stimulate your taste buds and whet your appetite, its unique taste and aroma has sprung off many time honor cooking ideas and recipes. The uses and benefits of honey in foods are as diverse as its floral varieties and places of origin.
1. Daily consumption of honey raises blood levels of protective antioxidant compounds in our body.
2. Honey makes a good replacement for sugar in most recipes.
3. The health benefits of honey go beyond its great taste. A great natural source of carbohydrates which provide strength and energy to our bodies.
4. The glucose in honey is absorbed by the body quickly and gives an immediate energy boost, while the fructose is absorbed more slowly providing sustained energy.
5. Honey has been used as a natural cure in first aid treatment for wounds, burns and cuts as it is able to absorb moisture from the air and promote healing. Its antibacterial properties prevent infection and functions as an anti-inflammatory agent, reducing both swelling and pain, and even scarring.
6. Honey is gentle on the stomach and contains a mix of natural sugars such fructose which is known to speed up the oxidation of alcohol by the liver, acting as a ‘sobering’ agent
7. Honey not only soothes throats but can also kill certain bacteria that causes the infection. Take a spoonful of honey to soothe the inflammation or gargle with a mixture of two tablespoons of honey, four tablespoons of lemon juice and a pinch of salt.
8. Honey is an excellent ergogenic aid and helps in boosting the performance of athletes. Honey facilitates in maintaining blood sugar levels, muscle recuperation and glycogen restoration after a workout.