Who knew that the sweet goodness could reap so many benefits? With numerous types of honey available on the market, it can be difficult selecting a honey which is best for you.
Typically, the darker tones of honey have greater antioxidant levels. Monofloral honey (from a single plant species) has a low glycemic index (GI), this indicates the food’s effect on your blood glucose, whereas commercially blended honey tends to have a moderate GI, between 45 and 64 which is lower than sugar at 65. GI varies with the level of fructose in each food, the more fructose, the lower the GI. It doesn’t stop there, honey is well known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties, packed with vitamins, trace enzymes, amino acids and minerals including calcium, iron, sodium chlorine, magnesium, phosphate and potassium.
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One of Honey’s best benefits is for anyone looking to replace their sugar intake without the risk of nutritional values suffering whilst also keeping an eye on cholesterol. Health and well-being experts recommend 1000mg of cholesterol per day, luckily 1 tablespoon of Honey has approximately 64 calories alongside 0% fat and cholesterol.
In order to optimise brain function and support performance, you need to start the day with carbs, calories and protein, although it can be a challenge to balance your intake and output of energy. Consuming numerous calories without exercise results in weight gain, in a perfect world, you would only ingest the energy you need. However, due to Honey’s high carbohydrate content and moderate calorie content, it’s an ideal source of energy before and after a workout due to both the glucose and fructose being absorbed into your bloodstream quickly.
Had a heavy night? Drop the paracetamol and pain relief capsules, Honey is your answer. Not only does Honey speed up the oxidation of the alcohol and flush the toxins out of your body, it has been proven to soothe acid reflux and heartburn – winner! Hangovers are typically caused by dehydration and low energy levels, so grab a bottle of water and add a little honey to your breakfast.
Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting you lather your body head to toe in Honey – that would be messy! Although Honey’s antibacterial qualities are handy for skin care. Top tip: dilute a small amount of honey with water, apply to your scalp and cure dreaded dandruff!
Due to honey containing small amounts of pollen, it’s naturally a vaccine. Also, due to its anti-inflammatory properties, honey has been found to reduce inflammation within your sinuses – perfect for those festive fevers. Research has discovered that a single dose of buckwheat honey is just as effective as a single dose of dextromethorphan (cough suppressant) in relieving nocturnal coughs. Due to this, it is suggested that honey is a cure for those with respiratory issues, aiding a good nights sleep. Therefore if you, a friend or family member is snoring this summer due to allergies or irritable sinus issues, it maybe time for you to check out some honey related recipes, check out our recipe page or numerous top tips and meal plans.