Honey is a natural food product that is produced by bees of the genus Apis Mellifera. It is a viscous, yellowish and very sweet substance that is a great source of energy and various nutrients. Shining for its therapeutic properties, it is versatile, comforting and immensely satisfying. In recent months, various nutrition and wellness trends have talked a lot about the side effects of excessive sugar consumption, and honey has been the subject of various questions. However, it is important to remember that not all sources of sugar are the same and in the specific case of honey, Its measured consumption is associated with digestive and intestinal benefits, it is a good ally against inflammation, stimulates the immune system, optimizes weight loss and in some cases it can also alter blood glucose.
The truth is that honey is going through a burning moment, especially considering that it is a a wonderful natural and nutritious alternative to supplement the consumption of harmful added sugars that are in all kinds of everyday consumer products. So honey is a great dietary addition, which can be added to all kinds of foods such as morning oatmeal, afternoon tea, and numerous homemade desserts. Honey is often seen as a healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth without resorting to foods sweetened with white sugar or high fructose corn syrup Marvelous!
In fact there is a very relevant data around its consumption, according to the National Honey Board, the average American consumes approximately 1.3 pounds of honey each year. Depending on the variety of flowers and the type of hive, honey offers more than sixty different substances, among which are sugars, organic acids (citric, lactic, phosphoric), vitamins (C, B1, B2, B3, B5), folic acid, minerals (phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, silicon, iron, manganese, iodine, zinc, gold and silver), essential amino acids, sterols, phospholipids, falvonoids, polyphenols and enzymes. Due to its unique nutritional composition, honey is a complete food, full of energy and good for everyone. It enhances physical and mental performance, and is associated with positive effects, discover what happens in the body when consuming it You’ll be surprised!
1. Improves intestinal health
We currently know that intestinal health is directly related to the proper functioning of the entire organism and more specifically to the immune system. For those interested in improving their gut health, honey may be the sweetest way to do it and the reason is simple: honey is a powerful natural antibacterial, especially in its raw form. This makes it an excellent addition to the diet of anyone who suffers from gastrointestinal problems, food poisoning, or just want to prevent potential intestinal problems. According to an article published in 2011 in the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine: “Honey is particularly effective on three of the most common bacterial strains, E. coli, Salmonella enterica, and Staphylococcus aureus.”
2. Cancer risk may decrease
It will probably be surprising to you, but one of the most surprising effects of eating honey is its protective effect against certain types of cancer. And the good news is that there is a lot of scientific reference that supports it, such is the case of a review that was carried out from a research published in Complementary and Alternative Medicine, in which, based on evidence, it is proven that honey has the ability to induce apoptosis, or cell death, in the human breast, colon and cervix cancer cells. The antioxidant content of honey also plays a very positive role in its properties to protect us against certain types of cancer.
3. Decreases inflammation
It is well known that inflammation is a natural response of a healthy immune systemHowever, when it becomes chronic it is important to take care of it. This type of chronic inflammation is one that remains for a long period of time (and in many cases in silence) and is usually directly related to the development of degenerative diseases. Among which conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, and fatty liver disease. The good news is that Honey contains natural antioxidants that help fight inflammation in the body and prevent cell damage. As a reference to the margin, there is a study of 2012 published in the magazine Innate Immunity in which it was found that indigenous honey produced in New Zealand is a very powerful product that presents “Clinically relevant anti-inflammatory activity”.
4. Blood sugar can rise
Of course honey has no comparison or the same reputation as other sweeteners, however it can have effects similar on blood sugar. Although there are small differences in their chemical structures, the body handles practically all types of sugar in the same way: It breaks it down and uses it for energy or stores it as fat. In such a way that it is a product that people who suffer from alterations in sugar levels, prediabetes and diabetes, must take special care. Specialists point out that honey can cause a significant increase in blood sugar if eaten alone, but combining honey with other foods can help reduce this effect. This way the blood sugar level will rise, but it will not happen as fast or rise as high as consuming the honey alone.
5. More energy, better performance
Honey is a very energetic and nutritious food. It favors the production of energy due to its great contribution in sugars, between 75-80%, of which 70% are glucose and fructose, two monosaccharides that are rapidly absorbed in the intestinal mucosa and that provide energy in a few minutes. Together with its richness in macro and micronutrients, it is an ideal food for those who suffer from chronic fatigue, anemia or who are in recovery from illness. Honey is perfect to regain vitality and at the same time it is a good complement to improve physical and mental performance. It is ideal to consume prior to physical activity or before presenting any exam.
6. Fight flu and colds
The density of nutrients and organic compounds in honey make it the perfect complement for strengthen the immune system, prevent and fight colds. However, it is also a powerful treatment for when we already have the flu, sAccording to a 2020 meta-analysis published in BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine, honey provided greater relief for upper respiratory infections than traditional treatments. To these great benefits we also have to add its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory power, which create the perfect combination to cope with the attack of pathogens that cause disease and infection.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.