Sweet, gooey and rich; let’s take a look at what Pooh’s favourite snack has to offer us!
Honey has a long history of human consumption – just take for instance how the people of ancient Egypt used it to sweeten cakes and biscuits! However, there is more to honey than being a sweet treat to our mouth and tummy. While it is sweet, yummy and pairs beautifully with tea, honey actually has a number of awesome nutrition values, as well as certain rules that come with its usage.
Below are six things you should know about honey.
1. The Startling Sugar Content.
The term ‘sweet as honey’ is very, very true. Typically, honey consists of:
- Fructose: 38.2%
- Glucose: 31.3%
- Maltose: 7.1%
- Sucrose: 1.3%
- Water: 17.2%
- Higher sugars: 1.5%
- Ash: 0.2%
- Other/undetermined: 3.2%
In case you did not know, fructose, glucose, maltose and sucrose are all sugary components.
So, does honey’s high sugar content make it bad for you? Put it this way: one teaspoon of table sugar contains 16 calories, and one teaspoon of honey has 22 calories. But while honey may have more calories, you actually use less of it because it is sweeter and denser than table sugar.
2. Not For Babies.
As stated in foodsafety.gov, a web site of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Do not let babies eat honey.” Due to the fact that dust and soil that may make their way into honey, it might risk botulism in babies.
However, it is perfectly fine to feed your infants cooked honey, meaning that cereals and honey flavoured items are fine.
3. Honey The Relaxant
You’d have improved relaxation and sleep with just a spoonful of honey. The natural sugar found in honey slightly increases our insulin, thus resulting in tryptophan (the compound that’s known to make us sleepy after a meal) to enter our brains more easily.
This explains why some people take some honey before bed to help ease their sleep at night.
4. Honey For Wound Care
Did you know that Manuka honey is sometimes used to treat chronic leg ulcers and pressure sores? Made in New Zealand from the nectar of Leptospermum scoparium, Manuka honey contains the basis of Medihoney; which is used in treating wounds and skin ulcers.
In addition to that, honey also possesses antiseptic and antibacterial properties. However, do note that there is a lack of evidence to make honey a full-fledged wound care option.
5. Acne Be Gone!
Not only is this sweet treat a cure for wounds and a great moisturiser for the skin, it can also cure acne! Full of antibacterial, antiseptic and hydrating properties, honey makes for an amazing natural healing product to fight away pimples, particularly if you have sensitive skin. You can layer it onto the acne as a spot treatment, or apply it evenly on damp skin as a facial mask.
6. Honey Helps You Lose Weight.
Many detox program asks you to drink a cup of warm water with lemon and honey on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning, By doing this on a daily basis, you’d be effectively cleansing the liver, remove toxins, and flush out fat from your body.