NECTAR OF THE GODS

“Stands the clock at ten to three?
And is there honey still for tea?”

There is no doubt about it – sugar is killing us. Health “professionals” debate the dangers of artificial sweeteners as a good substitute for sugar and snub the obvious choice – HONEY. Other sweeteners like sugar, aspartame, sucralose and stevia have no nutritional benefits. They are essentially just chemicals and add nothing to a healthy diet. Honey is actually a food with nutritional value and has been used as a food staple since the beginning of recorded history.

Health benefits of honey:

Regulates blood sugar – Even though it is a simple sugar the way that glucose and fructose in honey are combined it actually helps the body regulate blood sugars

Helps prevent disease – Honey contains flavonoids, antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers, heart disease and other disease.

Aids gastrointestinal disorders – Research shows that honey may help disorders such as ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis.

Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal – All honey is antibacterial, because the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide. Because of these properties it is excellent at healing burns and wounds.

Increases athletic performance –  Studies show that honey is superior in maintaining glycogen levels and improving recovery time than other sweeteners.

Reduces cough and throat irritation – Honey has long been known as a natural cough suppressant.

Improves skin – Honey as an ingredient in skin care products can both nourish and moisturize the skin.

It is a probiotic – Some varieties of honey  includes up to 6 species of lactobacilli and 4 species of bifidobacteria. This also may explain why honey helps gastric problems.

An aid in breaking sugar addiction – When honey is mixed with some fat and protein it can be a powerful tool in breaking the sugar addiction cycle.

A few notes on honey:

  • Use it raw and never heat it above 180 degrees
  • Don’t give it to babies (this advice will probably change in the future but for now let’s play it safe!)
  • There are a lot of varieties of honey and every honey has its own nutritional profile
  • It is still high in calories so don’t go crazy!

By Sherry Stirling Fernandez

 

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