The benefits of honey go beyond its great taste. It’s a great natural source of carbohydrates which provide strength and energy to our bodies. Its natural sugars play an important role in preventing fatigue during exercise.
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. It is also known that honey has been found to keep levels of blood sugar fairly constant compared to other types of sugar.
Here’s a little on the history of honey
Over four thousand years ago, honey was used as a traditional ayurvedic medicine, where it was thought to be effective at treating material imbalances in the body.
In pre-Ancient Egyptian times, honey was used topically to treat wounds.
Egyptian medicinal compounds more than five millennia ago used honey.
The ancient Greeks believed that consuming honey could help you live longer.
Here are 6 benefits of honey:
1. Reduces ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders: Recent research shows that honey treatment may help disorders such as ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis.
2. Fights with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal: All honey is antibacterial, because the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide.
3. Helps prevents bumps and rashes after shaving. Apply some honey immediately shaving for 20 minutes to prevent razor bumps.
4. Honey contains flavonoids, antioxidants, which prevent the risk of heart disease.
5. Honey helps with coughs, particularly buckwheat honey.
6. Its anti-bacterial qualities are particularly useful for the skin, and, when used with the other ingredients, can act as nourishing moisturizer.
The Food Standards Agency reminds parents not to feed honey to babies who are under a year old. Botulism is caused by a germ which normally lives in a dormant form in soil and dust and occasionally gets into honey. If the germ gets in to a baby’s intestine it can grow and produce a toxin or poison, leading to infant botulism, this is because babies under one year old do not have sufficiently developed guts to fight off the bacteria.
Although infant botulism is incredibly rare, it is a serious illness that causes muscle weakness and breathing problems, often resulting in hospital treatment. Although recovery can be slow, almost all babies recover fully.