Honey is a food that was used for thousands of years. Drawings in the Spanish caves uncover that a man consumed it 8000 years ago. Besides its sweetness, honey is historically associated with health. Due to its health value honey was used in exchange for other goods and also had a very high price on the market.
Hippocrates wrote that during its consummation we can feel warmth. It is believed that it cleans wounds and sores, softens thickening on the lips and it can heal blisters.
Although it is often believed that all these incredible benefits of honey are just ideology, nowadays many scientific studies confirm its positive effect on human health. It is criticized for the carbohydrates of which it is mostly composed. Of all carbohydrates the most harmful is fructose, which is associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
So what is the honey?
Honey is considered to be the most perfect product of nature, because it consists of almost all the ingredients that can be found in the human body. It is basically sweet and thick juice which honeybees form of nectar gathered from flowers, or sweet secretions (honeydew) of certain insects. Honey is rich in minerals, amino acids, and high-value-of an organic acids such as formic acid, malic acid, citric acid, acetic acid, succinic acid, pigments, and various derivatives of chlorophyll, wax, inulin and vitamin B complex elements.
One tablespoon of honey (21 grams) contains:
- Energy value: 64 kcal
- Protein: 0.06 g
- Carbohydrates: 17.3 g
- Total fat: 0.0 g
- Dietary fiber: 0.042 g
The amount of individual substances depends on the type of honey. Due to the outstanding composition, honey is calorie food and biologically valuable food for children and adults, very easy to digest and natural source of vital force. One drop of honey contains more than a hundred different substances that are important for the human body. According to the content of enzymes, honey is among the most important food products.
A team of Croatian scientists found that flavonoids in honey, propolis and pollen, in combination with other drugs, significantly affect the prevention and treatment of tumors.
Honey enhances the absorption of drugs and increases their efficiency, while at the same time cleans the body of the harmful substances. It helps in the treatment of gastritis, gastric ulcers, and intestinal infections, reduces gastric acid secretion, and helps in the treatment and detoxification of the liver. Today, honey is used for gynecological problems, morning sickness, respiratory tract diseases, such as chronic bronchitis, bronchial asthma, rhinitis, allergic rhinitis, pharyngitis, sinusitis, laryngitis. Also, it helps with anorexia or loss of appetite, it normalizes intestinal peristalsis and removes constipation and cures hemorrhoids.
Therefore, a spoonful of honey a day will bring you a range of health benefits and will not affect your figure. Enjoy in this perfect product of nature.