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Mar 15

Health Foods A-Z: Honey

Honey, nature’s sweetener, has many benefits. The most basic one being, it is available in nature, and is much healthier than refined sugar. It has a composition of 80% natural sugar, and is sweeter than table sugar. Honey has only 18% water-the lesser the water, the better the honey. Additionally, honey has 2% minerals, vitamins and protein.

Honey has vitamins including B6, thiamin, riboflavin among others. The minerals in honey are calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc. These minerals and vitamins help in preventing   obesity and hence, give us better health.

Wikipedia indicates that honey has the following composition- Fructose: 38.2%, Glucose: 31.3%, Maltose: 7.1%, Sucrose: 1.3%, Water: 17.2%, Higher sugars: 1.5%, Ash: 0.2%

Honey is better than sugar since it does not ferment in our stomach. It is the most basic form of sugar. Also, as against empty calories from refined sugar, honey reduces fatty accumulation in our cardiovascular system. Also, it is natural and has healing properties.

Honey is great for burning the body fat while we sleep, since it has an equal ratio of fructose and glucose. Also, an old remedy for weight loss is to have lemon and honey in hot water the first thing in the morning.

Honey is a brilliant solution for burns. It helps subside the pain immediately and leaves minimal scarring. Honey is a good source of vitamins and antioxidants. In fact, some antioxidants are unique to honey.Research has also indicated that honey can be a better cure for children’s cough than medicated cough syrups.

Honey has an exceptionally long shelf life, and does not spoil when stored properly.

An excellent way to have honey in your daily diet is to substitute it for sugar part of the time. Not only is it way healthier than sugar, it is also much easier for the body to digest it.

The following recipe is a different way to make nimbu pani or Indian lemonade.

Ingredients:

1 glass chilled water

juice of 1/2 lemon

2 tbsp. honey

3/4 tsp salt

In one glass of water, add juice of 1/2 lemon, honey and salt and mix well. Serve chilled.

This is a great way to refresh yourself, and is also an excellent way to recover from loss of energy when exposed to the sun for elongated periods of time.

This post is part of a series on health foods. So far, I have discussed the nutritional value and recipes for Avocado, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Dates, Eggs, Fennel and Green Chickpeas. Coming up: Iceberg lettuce

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