Honey: Nature’s natural sweetener

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For thousands of years, humans and the guardians (bees) of the sweet golden nectar that is honey, have been in contact and humans have braved the stings of these guardians again and again just to get at least a taste of delicious honey.

Humans are not the only ones with a sweet tooth. Bears and honey badgers share an almost fanatical love for honey and rightly so. How many of Mother Nature’s gifts can boast of being sweet and healthy at the same time?

Honey has been a staple for almost as long as humans have been around and is known to contain healing properties aside from being ‘honey-sweet’ (pun intended). Here’s how Honey is Oh-so-good for human consumption.

  • Rich in antioxidants: Really good honey is loaded with antioxidants which help to drastically reduce the chances of you having strokes some types of cancer and heart attacks. They may also improve and sustain eye health.
  • Relieves Sore Throats: Sore throats can be caused by just about anything: breathing in the wrong things, bad weather or consuming radioactive chilli. Two to three tablespoons of honey mixed with warm water is just the remedy that is required.
  • Natural Energy Drink: Honey as an energy drink contains only 17 grams of carbohydrates for every tablespoon. Because honey contains natural sugars like fructose and glucose, the body can be quickly energised as this sugars go directly into the blood stream.
  • Memory booster: According to a research in 2011, one spoonful of Malaysian honey every day could potentially boost women’s memory in the postmenopausal stage. Apparently, there are hormones that induce intelligence decline as people (not just women) grow older. Honey looks like a very effective solution.
  • Treats burns and scars: Honey can be used to treat the wounds of burn victims and to reduce scarring from injuries. It acts as a soothing balm over the wounded area and because of the antioxidants present, it can be effective internally and externally.

Honey has remained and still remains a healthy sweetener provided by nature and an age-old remedy.

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