Honey is a sweet food made by honeybees using nectar from flowers. Honeybees are insects commonly known for production of large volumes of honey.
Other bees are also able to produce honey, however, their honey has distinct features and is not good for human consumption.
Honey contains priceless nutritional and medicinal values that provides health benefits to the whole body, it contains antibacterial and antifungal properties as well.
According to the National Honey Board, a tablespoon of honey contains 64 calories, is fat-free, cholesterol free and sodium free. Its composition is about 80 percent carbohydrates, 18 percent water and two percent vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
SOME HEALTH BENEFITS OF HONEY
- Honey is a Natural Energy Drink
At just 17 grams of carbohydrates per tablespoon, honey is an excellent source of all-natural energy. This natural unprocessed sugar namely fructose and glucose directly enters the bloodstream and delivers a quick boost of energy.
- Heals Dandruff
Honey’s natural antibacterial and antifungal properties makes it ideal in the treatment of dandruff. To soothe the scalp and any infected or wounded areas. Dilute honey with a little warm water and apply it to your dry, flaky patches. Leave it in for about three hours before rinsing out its antiviral, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties helps to heal your scalp.
- Cough Suppressant
Honey can be an all-natural cure when it comes to colds, a persistent cough can be remedied with two tablespoons of honey. Its thickness helps to coat the throat while the sweet taste is believed to trigger nerve endings that’s protect the throat from incessant coughing.
- Aids in Sleep
Honey can be health aid for sleepless nights. Similar to sugar, honey can cause a rise in insulin and release serotonin which is a neurotransmitter that improves mood and happiness. ‘‘The body converts serotonin into melatonin, a chemical compound that regulates the length and the quality of sleep.’’ As stated by Rene Ficek.
- Blood Sugar Regulation
Even though honey contains simple sugars, it is not the same as white sugar or artificial sweeteners. Its combination of fructose and glucose actually helps the body regulate blood sugar levels. Some kinds of honey the body do have a low hypoglycemic index. As such, they do not jolt ones blood sugar.
Grace Hammond Asiedu
Level 300 Journalism.