Honey is good for you, just not too much

Apple dipped in honey is one of Rosh Hashanah's symbols and beyond its great taste, honey has healthy properties such as soothing sore throat and helping to heal wounds, but it's not all milk and honey

Michal Simhi|
Honey, surely referred to as "nature's gold" by someone's uncle, will frequent Jewish Rosh Hashana feasts. Beyond its traditional value as well as its great taste, it holds healthy properties that have been recognized since ancient Greece and ancient Egypt up until today. From soothing a sore throat to antibacterial properties that help heal wounds and digestion, adding honey to your diet can have a positive influence on your daily life.
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What makes honey a healthy choice in comparison to other sweeteners? Its natural composition, unlike refined sugar. Honey contains vitamins, minerals and various anti-oxidants, basically offering a natural sweetness with healthy benefits. This makes it a better alternative.
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Can honey help reduce gastroesophageal reflux and heartburn? Yes. Gastroesophageal reflux usually occurs as a result of the ring of muscle at the bottom of the esophagus becoming weakened. This might create a backwash of food or sour liquid, heartburn and possibly infections. Honey helps create a coating between the stomach and the esophagus which can reduce reflux.
Can honey help heal wounds? Honey has been assisting in healing wounds for centuries. It has natural antibacterial properties and can create a barrier against infections. Its high viscosity helps maintain moisture and rebuild tissue, which makes it effective when treating light burns, cuts and scrapes.
How does honey help the digestive system? Honey contains probiotics that nurture good intestinal bacteria, supporting a balanced microbiome in the intestines. At times, honey can help alleviate constipation due to its laxative capabilities.
Infants should not consume honey due to the presence of a certain type of bacteria that is harmful to them.
Can honey soothe a sore throat or coughing? Its natural viscosity coats the throat which reduces stimulation and its antibacterial properties can ward off infections. However, infants should not consume honey due to the presence of a certain type of bacteria that is harmful to them.
Is honey a good source of energy for athletes? Definitely. The natural sugar in honey, specifically fructose and glucose, supply the body with continuous and immediate energy. Athletes use honey before or during training to renew their glycogen, suppress fatigue and improve their durability.
Does honey have antioxidants? Honey contains antioxidants such as flavonoids and phenolic acids. These solutions fight germs that can harm DNA, which reduces the risk of chronic diseases and heart conditions.
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Can honey support weight loss? Not necessarily. Although honey is healthier and contains natural sugar, it still is a source of calories. If consumed in a high amount, it can cause weight gain. However, replacing sugars with honey can be part of a balanced diet.
Are all honeys identical in their health advantages? No. The benefits of honey can differ depending on its origin and manufacturing process. Raw, unprocessed honey maintains its natural healthy aspects more than processed honey.
Can eating too much honey cause health problems? Like any food, eating too much of anything can have its downsides. Eating too much honey can cause weight gain and elevated blood sugar. It is advised to consume honey as a part of a balanced diet to avoid any negative effects.
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