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Is Honey Good for You?

It’s been eulogized in Holy Scripture, but is honey actually good for you?

Honey has been eulogized in the scriptures of every major religion since the dawn of time, but is the “food of the gods” really that good for you? Yes – in moderation. Natural honey is valued for its sweetness, and is chock full of unexpected goodness. Because it’s predigested by insects many people who can’t stomach cane sugar can more easily metabolize honey and enjoy its natural energy – so it’s almost the perfect food.

Honey is composed of two main sugars, levulose and dextrose. These sugars do not need to be broken down by the digestive process, so honey is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, giving a quick energy boost to the body. It also contains protein, vitamins and minerals, but no cholesterol.

Honey has certain potassium salts that make it a phenomenal moisture absorber and a great killer of germs and bacteria. In fact, honey kills bacteria more effectively than some antibiotics.

This also helps it draw excess fluid from the blood stream, lowering blood pressure. Honey, if taken on an empty stomach with water and lemon, reduces obesity and weight. Beauticians recommend using it liberally for a glowing complexion and silky hair. If taken at night with hot milk, it cures constipation.

Honey has been used in many medical applications over the years, but recent studies are now able to prove its benefits as a topical antibacterial treatment for burns and ulcers.

Known antioxidant compounds in honey are chrysin, pinobanksin, vitamin C, catalase, and pinocembrin. Unlike most other sweeteners, honey contains small amounts of a wide array of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants, which include a wide array of vitamins, such as vitamin B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, and pantothenic acid.

In addition, honey contains essential minerals including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc as well as several different amino acids have been identified in honey. Dark honey has more nutrients than lighter varieties. Vitamin and mineral content depend on the floral source of the honey. Honey has less than 2% sodium.

Because of its antibacterial properties, pure honey can be preserved indefinitely.

Are there different flavors of honey?

Single varietal honeys are creating quite a buzz in the gourmet food scene these days, but this trend is nothing new to beekeepers. Honey is a natural product that has always been highly dependent on the local environment in which the bees gather their nectar. Much like wine regions and coffee regions, different honey regions also exist.

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  1. Loved this article! Just what I was looking for.

    k

  2. Thank you for sharing this informative, interesting article.

    Best wishes!

    Sincerely,

    -Liane Schmidt.

  3. Thanks! Very informative. I have jars of raw honey and I was wondering if I can include it in my everyday diet.

  4. thx you. my mother is in very serious condition & i think that honey is the best way for her to get better

  5. I know its recommended for people with allergies to consume honey from a local sources as well.

  6. WOW!this is good news for me, I have adding honey to my plain oatmeal every morning and I was wondering if it was a bad or good thing. Honey just tastes so much better than regular sugar to me!

  7. Thank this was an informative article.

  8. Yep! It is great!

  9. to become slim how many spoons of honey to be taken with water and lemon please suggest me

  10. If you are going out on a hike and you want a great way to keep hydrated while getting carbs? Try putting a few tablespoons of honey in a 20oz. water bottle. Also, since honey can last for a very long time, its great to keep in a survival guide. I’m not an expert but it’s sounds like common sense to me.

  11. very good article. I am using honey with oat meal and always doubtful whether it is good or not. Any suggestions on how to buy honey meaning what to look for?

  12. great informative article. just what i was looking for.

  13. This article will probally make my husband very happy. I have a true sugar addiction, as in 3 tablespoons per cup of coffee, and I have been having trouble losing weight. I will try replacing the sugar in my coffee with honey for a month and will let you know how it goes.

  14. thanx
    this really helps
    i knew that honey was good but didnt know all these things
    anywayz thanxxxxxxxxxx:)

  15. Thanks, it was very interesting and i really admired your research.

  16. I have been taking honey with my coffee and tea every AM and PM for the last 8 years.It helps to keep my enery level high and weight low. A natural gift from God.

  17. Many thanks.

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  19. LOOOOOOOOOL, ah man, It was just one of those dayssss, where I wanted to catch sun raysss, it’s fun to get blunted on a sunday…afternoon……..

  20. This is awesome, but simply cause ive been taught to only trust sources from an .EDU, .GOV, .ORG etc, and not .COM how authentic is this information? does anyone know where I can verify it?

  21. I posted the prior comment, and did alot of checking around, read alot of articles, from various sources, .COM, .GOV and everything I found accept for one, from some Veagan site that i cant seem to find again (.org), but whoever wrote the article seemed to be an anti-honey activist, the way the acticle was written you might think it had kicked his dog or something. anywho, thank you for the information.

  22. Many Thanks … Very good article

  23. Very informative! Good to know there is actually something natural that works as I am someone who HATES to take medicine…and have suffered with high blood pressure for about 7 years now. Although I know it won’t replace the meds it’s good to know it may help a little. Also, for the ladies, I recently read honey is also good for sex drive…great news, huh?!

  24. I can see why this article was a hit – nice work . j

  25. Great article, its obviously quite a passion for you and your family.The content is very comprehensive, Im off to make some honey toast right now :)

  26. I think the article is great but may be a little too enthusiastic. Other sources do not always confirm this information.

  27. Its a nice article, i got a lot of information, which i always wanted.
    & its nice to feel that i got what i was looking for,
    but still thinking of where would i get the Buckwheat honey in INDIA (mumbai)

  28. Very good article my friend. Whenever I get a cold or the allergies I just simply get a spoon, fill it with honey, put on some lemon and it makes you much better. To me it works better than the medicines I have in my drawer! Kudos! Very informative! You should all try this when you get a cold!! It works!!!

  29. thank you for this wonderful idea but if i try it and i dnt work i will hunt you down. just kidding

  30. Thanks Honey!

  31. honey shouldn’t be hot, it is less healthy…so you might wanna try cold coffee instead?

  32. This is a very informative, helpful and well written article. I didn’t know that honey had so many beneficial properties. Excellent work, Keep it up !

  33. just what i was looking for

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  35. wow this is really good but how much teaspoons of sugar do you need and how much spoons of it do you need with the lemon and the water??

    i am trying ot loose weight but i cant so im going to have honey but i dont know how much so please reply :P
    thanxx

  36. honey is really good, try replacing the sugar in your tea, coffee and porrige (oatmeals) and you’ll feel way healthier! makes your skin nice too i noticed, vj

  37. Oh yes! Honey is really good for our health. Combats many diseases, and makes our skin smooth and soft, baby skin. I love honey. Try it and feel your soft silky skin.
    I have not tried recommending honey to my diabetic friends. Do you think sweet honey will not aggravate their condition? I am afraid my diabetic friends will suffer in case they take honey.

  38. hi you should take 2 teaspoons in the morning and night before go to bed.

  39. Actually
    Honey is really good for our health. and makes our skin smooth and soft, baby skin. Try it and feel your soft silky skin.
    I love honey.

  40. Excellent article with lots of useful facts.

  41. Before I leave the house for work my mom will bring me a cup of tea, weat bread with buttery and honey on it… I questioned my breakfast in the morning, but tend to take a step back because it makes me feel great through out the day. That’s how I landed here. Great to know that I’m doing the right thing. My grandpa is 75 and does one handed pull ups. The one thing that has never changed in his diet is honey EVERY SINGLE MORNING OF HIS LIFE until now…. I guess it is very good for you and preserves you.

  42. Buy all the honey you can afford, soon it will be gone forever.

  43. thank you for this very good and indepth article and i am switching from cane sugar to honey since cane sugar is causing me health issues thanks for all the info :)

  44. LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

  45. This is a small part of the story. Honey has been used for about 5,000 years by man and in the old days the wealth of a village included the number of skeps or hives the village owned. There wan no tooth decay or diabetus, how did we ever go over to sugar.

  46. Good that it lowers blood pressure.

  47. Indeed, this is a good article, and some good comments too!

    Two great books, full of facts and scientific references, treating on using natural honey to manage weight issues, diabetes, and health in general:

    The Hibernation Diet
    The Honey Revolution

    Cheers,

  48. Why So, Voldermort?

  49. Excellent! Thanks!

  50. Great article!

  51. Is it not bad for your teeth though?

  52. I genuienly enjoyed this article

  53. Good IF it is local honey that is unprocessed. 75% to 99.9% of store, health stores, convenience stores, etc. are processed taking ALL the good nutrients out (especially China and other countries). They process the honey to make it last longer during shipping and on the shelves. Too bad the US Government doesn’t make these honey companies label all honey that as been processed or not processed. There is a group trying to get this done, but the Government and those honey companies are fighting it hard. So as of now, these honey companies aren’t required to tell if the honey you are enjoying have the good nutrients that some are after. But, in the end, it’s still taste mightly good!

  54. great post

  55. I would back this one hundred percent,honey is so valuable to the body and mind.
    go to the next level and drink it for pleasure (Mead)

  56. Nice to know about this… Great! Great! Great!

  57. Yes honey is good for us

  58. hey,
    this is a great article and very informative.
    and it is interesting to note that all ‘eulogized’ things in the Bible have been found to be sane, true, and in fact, much truer than we still even know.
    God declared each person developed by Him in the WOMB, individually knit! and now , only lately, have each person been found to have different DNA, which starts AT conception! thus, He really made us each, and we are alive right then and there; our own person. =)
    pluuus, like it’s also interesting that ‘circumcision’ was asked to be performed on the 8th day of life, which we now just found out is the ONE day in a man’s life that his vitamin K is higher than ANY OTHER DAY! isn’t that interesting?

  59. WOW THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE INFO CERTAINLY COULD USE SOMETHING SO HEALTHY IN MY FAMILY N MY LIFES CUDOS TO ALL OF YOU COMMENTERS MAY GOD BLESS US ALL!!!

  60. In just three months of having honey in my sugar each morning my whole life has changed

  61. thank you for the informative article .. i have asthma and last couple of months it was very sever until i started having

    2 spoons of honey mixed with boiled water morning and night,
    i feel i controlled my condition much better now..

  62. thank you for the informative article .. i think i will replace honey with sugar in my tea n even baking

  63. I don’t think Nicolas Cage would agree with this article…

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