The Ever Benefits of Honey

The 1970s and ’80s saw a spike in generic food.
Many supermarkets sold food (or “food”) in white containers labeled with only the name of the food.
These days, consumers are more aware of where their food comes from, how it is processed, and the varieties available.

Consumers can buy honey in many forms, ranging from honeycombs to the popular liquid honey.
In addition to the different forms of honey, there are different varieties of honey – determined by the type of nectar used to produce it.

Honey can be purchased raw, but most commercial honey is processed in one or more ways.
Honey may be filtered, pasteurised or creamed, and each process alters the honey with the goal of making it more desirable to consumers. Increasingly, however, folks are becoming aware of the health benefits of raw honey.

Most commercially available honey is filtered. Although raw honey is perfectly safe to eat, it may not appeal to consumers.

Honey can be filtered to various degrees.
Some raw honeys undergo a coarse filtration that really only removes wings and “chunks” large enough to be seen with the naked eye. Most commercial honey, however, is filtered to remove particles down to 0.1 to 10 micrometers.
This filtration is tight enough to not only remove macroscopic contaminants, but most pollen as well.

Many honey producers also sell raw honey. Raw honey is usually lightly filtered – just enough to remove the large bits. Raw honey will crystallize, but can be reheated to dissolve the crystals. Because it is not pasteurized, the aroma of the honey will not be diminished. Raw honey may be slightly more nutritious than filtered honey because of the small amount of protein found in the pollen grains.

Mead makers – the folks who make honey wine – view raw honey as the highest quality honey. Compared to other forms of honey, raw honey just smells and tastes better. Some claim honey harvested earlier in the season is generally preferable to honey harvested later.

Raw honey is generally sold as a liquid, although it may be crystallized on the store shelf. Some sources also sell chunks of honey-comb. This is, of course, as raw as honey gets – but it also takes more work to get the honey you want if you need to drain it from the comb.

Different honey varieties smell and taste like the nectar from which they were produced. For many plants, the flower’s nectar has a similar flavor to the fruit.
For example, raspberry blossom honey has a flavor and aroma reminiscent of raspberries.


BENEFITS

  • Natural Energy Source
    Honey is known as an excellent source of natural energy as the natural unprocessed sugar present in it enters the bloodstream directly and this in turn can give a quick boost of energy.
    This quick boost works like a wonder for your workout, especially in longer endurance exercises.
  • Strengthens Immune System
    Honey has countless medicinal properties that naturally help in curing a sore throat. Its antioxidants and bacteria-fighting assets also help against fighting infections that are caused by viruses, bacteria and fungi.
    According to doctors and scientists, buckwheat honey has the highest number of antioxidants and when consumed daily can be beneficial for boosting immunity in the long run and this is why honey has known to be one of the best immunity boosting foods.
    It is always advisable to consume honey every morning before breakfast or even workout to get an extra kick of energy for the whole day. It also works as a cleansing toner which improves immunity in children
  • Nourishes your Face and Skin
    Using Honey for skin is very useful because of its moisturizing and nourishing properties.
    Honey is the best natural moisturizer, especially for your dry skin and it is also very easy to apply.
    It also helps curing cracked lips during winters. Many people also use honey masks for skin tone correction.
  • Boosts your memory
    We are what we eat and hence it is very important to consume foods that help make our mental health strong to sustain in old age.
    Honey, the eternal sweetener has numerous health benefits, one of which includes boosting memory and concentration.
    Honey not only increases brain power and memory but also makes you a healthier person altogether. Consumption of honey prevents metabolic stress and helps calm and soothe the brain, which helps in augmenting memory in the long run.
  • For Healing Wounds
    Honey has antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidant properties, which is why honey is used for healing wounds.
    After any skin injury, bacteria that live on your skin can infect and penetrate the wound site. Honey, has been found to destroy these bacteria.
  • Home Remedy for Coughs
    Honey is known to be one of the best home remedies for dry cough as well as wet cough. Research has also shown that drinking a tablespoon of honey can reduce irritation in the throat.
    Honey is the preferred natural remedy for cough, especially for kids, as it helps to relieve nocturnal cough, allowing proper sleep.

Honey is a wonderful creation that everyone can try to introduce into their lives.

 

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “The Ever Benefits of Honey

  1. julie says:

    I love how the wound healing and cough bits were pooh-poohed as “old wives’ tales” by western medicine…until someone actually did the research. Turns out old wives are pretty smart!

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