The oh so sweet honey is so good for the health and has so many beneficial qualities and is a good substitute to sugar. Honey is composed of sugars like glucose and fructose and minerals like magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, sulphur, iron and phosphate. It contains vitamins B1, B2, C, B6, B5 and B3 all of which change according to the qualities of the nectar and pollen. Besides the above, copper, iodine, and zinc exist in it in small quantities. Several kinds of hormones are also present in it. Approximately one half of the human diet is derived directly or indirectly from crops pollinated by bees. If you have allergies, honey can be beneficial. If you eat honey that is local to your area, it may help prevent your seasonal allergies. Bees use the pollen from local plants and eventually it ends up in your honey.
HONEY, a most assimilable carbohydrate compound, is a singularly acceptable, practical and most effective aliment to generate heat, create and replace energy, and furthermore, to form certain tissues. Honey, besides, supplies the organism with substances for the formation of enzymes and other biological ferments to promote oxidation. It has distinct germicidal properties and in this respect greatly differs from milk which is an exceptionally good breeding-ground for bacteria. Honey is a most valuable food, which today is not sufficiently appreciated. Its frequent if not daily use is vitally important.
The universal and natural craving for sweets proves best that there is a true need for them in the human system. Proteins will replace and build tissues but it is the function and assignment of carbohydrates to create and replace heat and energy, and to provide what we call Honey, which contains two invert sugars, levulose and dextrose, has many advantages as a food substance. While sugarcane and starches, as already intimated, must undergo during digestion a process of inversion which changes them into grape and fruit-sugars, in honey this is already accomplished because it has been predigested by the bees , inverted and concentrated. This saves the stomach additional labor. For a healthy human body, which is capable of digesting sugar , the actuality that honey is an already predigested sugar has less importance, but in a case of weak digestion, especially in those who lack invertase and amylase and depend on monosaccarides, it is a different matter.
The wound healing properties of honey may, however, be its most promising medicinal quality. Honey has been used topically as an antiseptic therapeutic agent for the treatment of ulcers, burns and wounds for centuries. A spoonful of honey is more effective than cough syrup in treating coughs - and is safe for children over 12 months old. Honey may also be good for your skin. It has the ability to attract water. It is also safe for sensitive skin. You can use it as a moisturizing mask for your skin .There is evidence that honey diluted in water will help with your stomach aches and dehydration.
HoneyNutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 300 kcal 1270 kJ
Carbohydrates 82.4 g
-Sugars 82.12 g
-Dietary fiber 0.2 g
Fat 0 g
Protein 0.3 g
Water 17.10 g
Riboflavin (Vit.B2).038 mg
Niacin (Vit.B3).121 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) .068 mg
Vitamin B6 .024 mg
Folate (Vit. B9) 2 ug
Vitamin C 0.5 mg
Calcium 6 mg
Iron .42 mg
Magnesium 2 mg
Phosphorus 4 mg
Potassium 52 mg
Sodium 4 mg
Zinc .22 mg
Shown is for 100 g, roughly 5 tbsp.
Image credit: USDA - US Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service
Photo by Scott Bauer
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