The health benefits of honey are not unknown to anyone. Honey is no less than a magical food and through its sweetness, it has made our life sweet for over 10,000 years (archaeologists have estimated it by studying cave paintings and fossils of honey bees). Honey is a good food and gifts good health and in the words of Aristotle, ‘honey prolongs life.'
Honey is a natural sweetener in liquid form made by honey bees using the nectar of flowers. It has religious significance too. In Hinduism, honey has been used as one of the ingredients of Panchamrit. The holy Quran has an entire chapter on honey signifying it as healthy & nutritious food. Christianity, Buddhism & Judaism too highlight its importance.
Honey has been used since ages to add sweetness and flavor in food and beverages. The quality and taste of honey depends on the source of nectar and the type and grade of honey. Honey is rich source of vitamins, minerals and fibers and has many nutritional and medicinal values. Honey for weight loss is a good aid. Honey also gifts us the silky smooth, beautiful and radiant skin.
There are numerous uses of honey. Honey, due to its excellent properties, has gained its special field in medical and ayurvedic treatment. Honey is widely used in the treatment of diabetes, obesity, asthma, diarrhea, vomiting, worm infection and the list continues with numerous names of diseases. Ayurveda very well understands the health benefits of honey and prescribes many of its medicines to take with raw honey. It boosts up the memory, heals wounds, supports immune system, maintains healthy blood sugar level and has excellent antifungal, antibacterial and antioxidant properties. Who would have known treating disease is this much sweet?
Before enjoying the health benefits of honey, do check out if you are consuming natural honey or adulterated one. While processing the honey, some industrialists add sugar syrup, corn syrup, starch, glucose etc. to increase its quantity. In the industrial era when fraudulent and malpractices in market are at peak, it’s really very important to differentiate between artificial honey vs natural honey. A simple water test can help you in checking the purity of honey. Add one tablespoon of honey in a glass fill with water. If the honey dissolves or floats around the glass, it’s artificial and in case it settles down at base, its pure honey.
Only the honey’s color isn’t gold, but it’s a true gold for your health. Though honey is boon for your health, remember over-consumption of honey may affect your health negatively.