When I think about honey, I can’t help but drool. With its dominant existence since time immemorial, it has been a preemptive factor in culinary fields as well as medical fields. Its medicinal usage can be dated back to aeons which have been documented by the Greeks, Romans, and the Egyptians. What makes honey so remarkable is perhaps in its making itself. Come to think of it, it’s teamwork and hard work at its best amalgamation to create honey. In this article, we will touch upon the benefits of honey and few of its disadvantages.
Benefits of Honey
Let’s dive right in and look at some of the natural health benefits of honey. If you are not making use of honey, then it’s high time you start rethinking and exploring its benefits and see the wonders it can do to your body.
Honey as an energy booster
It is a known fact that honey contains sugar molecules which gives us instant energy. Unlike factory made sugar which has fructose and glucose combined which in turn requires additional work on the digestive system, honey in its natural form has its sugar molecules separate. It is, therefore, a much safer option to obtain energy from honey. It is the best natural energy drink one can lay hands on.
Fight against ailments
Honey is garnering a lot of approval when it comes to treating ailments such as wounds, prevent infections and allergies, kill bacteria, relieves inflammations. Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory property has the ability to kill external bacteria and to reduce seasonal allergies respectively. It also acts as an antibiotic to treat internal and external wounds and even burns. Its soothing effect relieves inflammations and swelling.
Honey helps with digestion
It has been a popular home remedy to treat indigestion, bloating, constipation. Whether it is consumed in its raw form or coupled with lemon juice or cinnamon or tea it does the trick.
Have you had that annoying and exhausting cough which isn’t going away easily??? – Try 2 teaspoons of honey at least 30 minutes before bedtime. You will be surprised that you coughed less frequently. However, this is not recommended for children who are below 1 year as it may be difficult for them to digest.
These are some of the benefits of honey and also how it can be used as a natural medicine to treat ailments. Not to mention that it makes your skin glow, or treats dandruff. It is also known to aid in weight loss. With all these good things credited to honey, it’s no wonder it is also called liquid gold.
A Few Downsides
With regards to honey, there are only a few downsides to consuming it. The first and foremost point is that it contains sugar. And like all sugars it also has negative impact on our body. Unlike sugar which can aggravate diabetics, there has been no substantial proof that honey could also have the same effects.
As mentioned earlier, honey contains separate sugar molecules which are glucose and fructose. This gets me to the second point. Excessive consumption of honey particularly the fructose (which is 40%) present in honey could lead to metabolic problems. But again too much of anything is bad for your health. And also when honey is consumed in isolation it has resulted in a rise in blood sugar, but not significantly. For people with diabetes, it’s always recommended to consult their doctor about the intake of honey.
The other thing about honey is that it is over sweet, a taste perhaps which does not suit everyone’s palate. Then again it’s a personal choice and it would be unfair to brand honey as unhealthy based on that fact.
Weighing the benefits to the disadvantages, honey clearly emerges as a winner. If you are still wary of eating honey, or if you have an impaired immune system then take some more time to weigh in its benefits.