Health Benefits of Honey Pt. 1
Honey has been used by countless cultures all around the world over the past 2,500 years. While the numerous health benefits of honey have made it an
important element of traditional medicines such as
Ayurvedic treatments, scientists are also researching the benefits in relation to modern medicine, particularly in the healing of wounds.
It is known as Honig in German, Miele in Italian,
Shahad in Hindi, Miel in French and Spanish, Mel in
Portuguese, мед in Russian, Honing in Dutch, and μελι in Greek; there is almost no part in the world where honey is not widely used and celebrated as a part of the cultural diet.
But what makes honey so popular? Most likely, it is
the ease with which it can be consumed. One can
eat it directly, put it on bread like a jam, mix it with
juice or any drink instead of sugar, or mix it with
warm water, lime juice, cinnamon and other herbs to
make a medicine. It is savored by all due to its taste
as well as health benefits, making it extremely useful
from both traditional and modern medical experts.
Sweetener: It can be used as a substitute for sugar
in many food and drinks. It contains about 69%
glucose and fructose, enabling it to be used as a
sweetener that is better for your overall health than
normal white sugar.
Weight Loss : Though it has more calories than
sugar when honey is consumed with warm water, it
helps in digesting the fat stored in your body.
Similarly, honey with lemon juice or cinnamon help in reducing weight.
Energy Source: According to the USDA, honey
contains about 64 calories per tablespoon. Therefore, it is used by many people as a source of energy. On the other hand, one tablespoon of sugar will give you about 15 calories. Furthermore, the carbohydrates in it can be easily converted into glucose by even the most sensitive stomachs, since it is very easy for the body to digest this pure, natural substance.
Improving Athletic Performance: Recent research has shown that honey is an excellent ergogenic aid and helps in boosting the performance of athletes. It is a great way to maintain blood sugar levels, muscle
recuperation, and glycogen restoration after a workout, as well as regulating the amount of insulin
in the body, as well as energy expenditure.
To be continued...