Honey may appear to be a magical natural health food, but it is actually a concentrated supply of sugar. Honey, when taken in moderation, may enhance an otherwise healthy diet while also providing some fascinating advantages. Honey, on the other hand, should not be consumed in excess, especially if you have diabetes. Here’s what’s new in the world of honey nutrition and scientific study.
Honey Nutrition Facts
Honey contains calories in the form of carbs, especially sugar. Honey contains around 50 percent glucose and 50 percent fructose as sugar. Honey’s glycemic index varies depending on the kind, but it’s estimated to be approximately 58 with a glycemic load of 12. For contrast, table sugar (sucrose) has a glycemic index of 65.
Honey contains no fat.
Honey includes tiny quantities of protein, varying by product (up to 0.06g in certain honey products), but not enough to meet your daily protein needs.
Vitamins and Minerals
B vitamins, calcium, copper, iron, zinc, and other vitamins and minerals are found in honey, and they are mostly derived from the soil and nectar-producing plants. Honey’s mineral composition and quality are affected by where it is cultivated and how it is handled. Darker honey, on average, has more vitamins and minerals than lighter honey.
Certain honey types have been proven to have potential therapeutic properties. It’s vital to weigh the supposed health advantages of honey against the nutritional cost (high sugar content) when applying these qualities to everyday living.
Calms a Cough
Honey, according to research, can assist to soothe a cough. A analysis of six trials revealed that a teaspoon of honey reduces coughs in children as well as dextromethorphan (the cough suppressant contained in Robitussin DM) and better than Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or no therapy. Honey may also give longer relief than Albuterol, according to the study (salbutamol).
Honey has been shown to help in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome in studies (IBS). Raw Manuka honey calms the stomach and relieves diarrhoea and constipation symptoms when consumed on an empty stomach. Honey is more effective than antiviral medications at reducing the severity and length of viral diarrhoea.
Helps to Maintain Reproductive Health
Royal jelly, a kind of honey, has a variety of impacts on female reproductive health. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and menopausal symptoms have been reported to be reduced by royal jelly. The antioxidants in royal jelly may aid in the reduction of oxidative damage linked with ovarian ageing. Royal jelly appears to increase sperm quality in males, according to preliminary animal research, although this benefit has yet to be demonstrated in people.
Aids in the healing of wounds
Propolis, a honey component, is made up of 50% resin, 30% wax, 10% essential oils, 5% pollen, and 5% other chemical components. Propolis inhibits free radical activity and increases collagen production, both of which are useful to wound healing. When applied topically, propolis’ capacity to stimulate wound healing has been shown to be beneficial for diabetic foot ulcers and some forms of acne.
Cancer Risk is Reduced
Honey has an effect on cancer formation at various phases of the disease’s course. Honey has been proven to cause apoptosis (cell death) in tumour cells, decrease inflammation, and slow tumour development. Although honey is not an efficient cancer therapy in and of itself, early research suggests that more research is needed.
Honey is a possible source of botulism-causing spores, which can cause serious sickness in newborn babies, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Honey should never be given to babies during their first year of life.
Honey should be used in moderation if you are on a low-sugar or low-carbohydrate diet for medical reasons. Honey is almost entirely made of sugar (carbohydrates). Honey, despite its health advantages, elevates blood glucose levels and should be taken into consideration when calculating total carbohydrate consumption.
Choose raw honey from your local farmer’s market for optimum nutrients. If you like honey, aim for the darker types, which have a stronger flavour and allow you to use less of it to achieve the same taste. Honey may be purchased in glass or plastic bottles at any time of the year.