Honey is derived from bees. The golden liquid is a healthier alternative to sugar. Formed from nectar collected from flowers by bees, honey derives its sweetness from glucose and monosaccharide.
At its freshest during fall and summer, honey is widely used in baking and cooking and also is the base for sauces such as honey mustard and honey barbecue. Owing to a low level of water activity, honey is free of most microorganisms.
The nutrients present in honey are:
• Carbohydrates like fructose, glucose, sucrose and maltose.
• Traces of Vitamin C
• Traces of minerals such as iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc.
Honey offers the following benefits to human health:
• Honey is effective in treating digestive problems like gastroenteritis, ulcer and diarrhea.
• Honey is a potent enhancer of immunity.
• Honey acts as an effective antiseptic in topical applications for treatment of burns and wounds.
• Coughs and sore throats can be treated with honey.
• Conjunctivitis and athlete’s foot can also be treated with honey.
• Honey energizes and helps overcome fatigue.
• Children below the age of one should not be given honey as they do not have the capability in their digestive system to destroy the botulinum endospores present in honey which leads to botulism that can prove fatal in infants.
• Source of honey is important as honey from flowers such as azaleas, oleanders, mountain laurels, etc. result in honey intoxication whose symptoms range from nausea, weakness, dizziness and in rare cases, is fatal.
Disclaimer: Any advice or information provided in this page should not be seen as a substitute for medical consultation, diagnosis or treatment. Your family physician knows better about your medical history and only they can provide you with personalized advice keeping in mind your unique needs.