In many ancient civilizations, honey had been utilized as a source of nutrition, taste, and good
health. It has a lot of plant compounds that are very beneficial to people who consume honey
regularly. It is especially effective and has a lot of health benefits when it is used instead of
refined sugars, which are just 100% empty calories.
Honey is graded by its color; the clear, golden amber honey is generally priced higher than
darker varieties of honey. The flavor of honey will be based on the types of flowers from which the bees harvested the nectar. Honey is available both in raw and pasteurized forms. Trace amounts of yeast, wax, and pollen can be found in raw honey since it is removed from the hive and bottled directly. Pasteurized honey is honey that has been processed and heated to remove impurities from it.
With high levels of monosaccharides, fructose, and glucose, honey contains about 70 – 80%
sugar, which is where the sweetness comes from. With the advent of modern medicine, we
have found many uses for honey in combating infection and chronic wound management, since it has antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
Health benefits of honey
While some of these benefits have been discovered recently, science has also provided
evidence to back up many of honey’s historical uses as well.
1) Relieve Diarrhea
Honey has been found to reduce the duration and severity of diarrhea, as it helps promote
increased potassium and water intake, which are very useful in tackling the effects of diarrhea. Honey has also been known to block the actions of pathogens that are generally the reason for diarrhea.
2) Fight Infections
Research has shown that honey’s ability to kill bacteria is found in a protein called defensin-1. Honey can help prevent a certain type of bacteria known as Clostridium Difficile from settling in the body, particularly the type of honey called ‘Manuka Honey’. Clostridium Difficile causes diarrhea and sickness when it infects human beings.
3) Relieve Cold and Cough Symptoms
The World Health Organization (WHO), which is the world’s leading authority on health and
welfare, suggests using honey as a natural remedy for cough. A study done at Penn State
College of Medicine shows that honey decreased coughing at night-time and improved the
quality of sleep in children who suffered from an upper respiratory infection.
4) Prevent Acid Reflux
Honey has good anti-inflammatory properties which are very helpful for acid reflux. Honey can also line the esophagus and stomach which reduces the upward flow of stomach acid and undigested food. These properties show that honey can be used as a natural home remedy for people who are prone to acid reflux.
5) Helps with Weight Loss (to a minimal extent)
Although honey contains sugars, it is all-natural and comes with a range of benefits that
refined sugar, which is better known as regular sugar, does not have. So replacing sugar with
honey can help your body in the long run. Honey has also been known to help reduce appetite, so it can suppress your hunger and help you eat less, which is another way it can assist in reducing weight. Honey can be had with lemon first thing in the morning, or it can be had with a pinch of cinnamon, all ingredients that have proven benefits in healthcare.
Experts have recommended not giving honey to children who are below 1 year of age since it can cause botulism in infants.
Honey is very tasty and can be super effective as an addition to your diet for keeping yourself healthy, as it has minimal side-effects as well.