Honey is often touted as being a health miracle in some circles, whilst a few others proclaim it is nothing special, with some even going as far to say it’s not good for you at all!. So what is the truth? In this article, we will look at some of the suggested benefits of honey to help you make up your mind.
Some people wrongly state that honey has no nutrients. Nutritionally, homey has (in 1 tablespoon) 64 calories and 17 grams of sugar, that includes fructose, glucose, maltose and sucrose. It contains virtually no fibre, fat or protein. But it does contain trace amounts, yes very low — under 1% of the RDI — of several vitamins and minerals, but you would have to eat loads of it to reach your daily requirements!
But homey does have benefits in its content that includes bioactive plant compounds and antioxidants. The darker types of honey are usually higher in these compounds than the lighter varieties
Honey can contain many crucial antioxidants but it must be high quality homey. Antioxidants have been linked to reducing the risk of heart attacks, as well as strokes and even some types of cancer. Furthermore, antioxidants promote good eye health.
If a person has high LDL cholesterol levels they are at a strong risk factor for heart disease. This form of cholesterol also plays a big role in the fatty buildup in the arteries known as atherosclerosis, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.
Several studies have pointed towards honey improving cholesterol levels. The benefit of it is that it reduces total and the “bad” LDL cholesterol while raising “good” HDL cholesterol by a significant level.
Way back since the days of ancient Egypt, honey has been used as a treatment to heal wounds and burns. A review of 26 studies on honey and wound care revealed honey to be the most effective at healing partial-thickness burns and wounds that had become infected after surgery. In addition to this, it can help other skin conditions too, that includes psoriasis and herpes lesions.
For kids with upper respiratory infections, coughing is a common issue, and these infections can affect their sleep not to mention the overall quality of life for them and their parents.
Sometimes, mainstream cough treatment medications are not effective and carry side effects. However, it is thought that honey could be a better choice, with evidence indicating it to be an effective remedy. However, it is important to note that honey should never be given to children under one-year-old due to the risk of botulism.
Honey is a natural product made by nature and it does seem to have some clear benefits when used in the right way. There are other benefits not included in this article that are well worth looking into. And don’t forget what a tasty treat it is in cooking, or just eating as it is on toast! A wonderful alternative to refined sugar that could provide some helpful benefits to the body.