So Why Honey?
Mother Nature’s natural sweetener, honey, has many medicinal and nutritional properties that make it so intriguingly unique in ways that might just make you eager to eat it more often. For example, honey can help you lose weight. It is a great substitute for granulated table sugar because it is naturally so much sweeter; less is more! The minerals, amino acids and vitamins it contains work together to boost metabolism and burn fat.
Pure honey is a great energy food because it is packed full of simple carbohydrates, natural vitamins, minerals, amino acids and anti-oxidants. Honey can be used as a natural cure in first aid treatment for wounds, burns and cuts by absorbing moisture from the air and promote healing. Its antibacterial properties prevent infection and functions as an anti-inflammatory agent, reducing both swelling and pain, and even scarring. Honey has long been used to soothe sore throats and kill certain bacteria that causes the infection.
So what is the mystery behind the health benefits of honey? As bees are flying around gathering nectar, they are also collecting pollen as a source of food for the hive. The pollen that is gathered has approximately 40% protein in addition to nearly every naturally occurring nutrient that is necessary for our bodies. This pollen is found in honey, along with bee enzymes that give honey its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. As bees turn nectar into honey, these enzymes create hydrogen peroxide as a by-product. Since honey has a low pH and low moisture content with significant amount of natural sugars, it is able to act as a barrier against microbial growth.
Honey is not only sweet and delicious; it is also good for you!