What is honey?
Made from the nectar of flowers, combined with the enzyme secreted by honey bees and then concentrated by reducing the moisture in the honeycomb cells.
The scientific formula:
Sucrose (which is the nectar) + Invertase (the bee enzyme) = Glucose (honey) + Fructose
What are the different types of honey?
Acacia Honey: Improves body defence against infections, possess anti- cancer properties and good for diabetics due to high fructose content.
Active honey: Give faster action on body to get active, relieves tiredness, keeps you fit and healthy.
Cinnamon honey: Honey and cinnamon help in the management of the diabetic and extraordinary taste with green tea.
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Ginger honey: It gives instant relief to people suffering from cough, cold, sore throat and runny rose. It is also good for vomiting sensation in pregnant women.
Lemon honey: It reduces your extra fat and make you fit and young. Get an extraordinary taste with green tea.
Multi- flora honey: Natural multi- flora honey helps in improving immunity. Reduces anti- bacterial irritation. Decreases the state of hypertension.
Saffron honey: It’s a health tonic. In herbal world, it is being treated as power booster.
Slim honey: Reduces appetite and weight without any side- effect, keeps you fit and active the whole day.
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How is honey useful?
An excellent, natural energy food and has proven anti- bacterial properties which is one of the reason why it is used as a home remedy.
If you are not taking full advantage of the nutritional and medicinal benefits of honey, it’s time you start doing so because honey is a remarkable solution for providing healing effect for a wide range of health-related problems.
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Honey and diet
Undoubtedly, it can be consumed without an ease. One can eat honey directly, spread it on a bread like jam, blend it with juice or drink rather than sugar or blend it with Luke warm water or cinnamon or lime juice or different herbs to make medicines. It is relished by all because of its taste and in addition medical advantages, making it to a great degree helpful and flexible.
So, you can take honey with:
- Warm water and honey
- Lemon juice and honey
- Cinnamon and honey
So, honey is good for your diet, since it contains variety of vitamins and minerals as well as a wide range of health benefits.
Is honey healthier than sugar?
The body has the ability to break down the food you take into glucose to use it as a fuel. The more complex food you take like carbohydrate, the more time and work it takes to break down.
Sugar contain 50% fructose and 50% glucose. The sugar that is found in fruits is broken down easily leading to flow of blood glucose. The glucose that is not used by the body right away gets stored in the form of fat.
Honey is also made of sugar, but it contains 30% glucose and less than 40% fructose and about 20 other type of sugar mix, which are complex and dextrin which is a type of starchy fibre. This means that the body takes more energy to break it down to glucose as a result of which you end accumulating less calories from it.
Does honey become bad, if kept for longer period?
Honey is unique with organic compounds that constitute perfect storm of characteristics against spoilage.
Most of the part of honey is supersaturated, the rest is saturated sugar. Sugar is hygroscopic which means that it attracts water. The bacteria and other micro- organisms that comes in contact with this solution dehydrate and die.
The supersaturation of sugar prevents the growth of yeast and other fungal organisms. Its pH is 3.26 to 4.48 which is a strong killing instrument for bacteria.
This is not all, bees prepare honey by means of an enzyme known as glucose oxidase responsible for modifying the sugar into gluconic acid and hydrogen peroxide.
An important note: Never keep a jar of honey open. The supersaturated solution will absorb the moisture present in the air and the solution will become weaker, thus losing the anti- bacterial properties.
Who should avoid eating raw honey?
Honey sometimes contain Clostridium botulinum, the bacteria which is responsible for botulism.
Adults don’t get sick from this but infants do. Their intestinal tract adulterates the honey without digesting it and immediately they get sick from it.
Even people who have pollen allergies, bee pollen can cause serious issues. Bee pollen is also not safe for pregnant women who are breast- feeding their children.
Is too much honey bad?
Honey is amazingly benefit for the digestive system and keeps you healthy. However, if you are eating too much of honey, it will have an adverse effective on your digestive system. You are likely to suffer from stomach cramping, constipation, bloating and diarrhoea.
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Written by Daisy Das
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