Who hasn’t had their mothers suggest milk with honey as a cure to every illness? Well, the interesting bit is that they just might be right! With honey being so much in the news, of late, we thought it might be a good idea to examine the benefits of pure unadulterated honey this season. So we did some research at our end to find out What’s in our honey?
Honey is a Herbal Medicine: It has long been in use as a traditional antibiotic since the nineteenth century. According to theJournal of Clinical Dermatology, honey contains methylglyoxal and royalisin that act as resistant to gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. In fact, researchers have started to increasingly engage in extracting the beneficiary properties that still remain unknown about honey. Another claim made by the researchers from the University of California-David states that honey protects humans from numerous diseases by slowing down the harmful disease-formation processes in the body.
You an cure cough with honey according to WHO: Many major organization such as UK Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency and the World Health Organization has long been recommending honey to get rid of coughs and sore throats. Interestingly, it is claimed that is “no less effective than commercial remedies”. Also, you have no risk of getting honey spoilt. You can store as long as you want. Microorganisms and other bacteria do not grow on honey that allows it to be fresh even after thousands of years!
If you are somehow a person who doesn’t like the taste of honey, you can also use it to treat burns: Yes, you heard it right. Honey is actually a very popular antiseptic. Doctors have indeed started using honey as a dressing for post-operative treatment. There are now various medical products made out of honey that are officially available for commercial use to treat burns and wounds and well, the FDA is an ardent backer of it.
Is honey better than sugar? Yes! As a matter of fact, 1 tablespoon of honey would provide you with 0g of fat. Moreover, it does not raise blood sugar levels quickly. Moreover, if you are consuming pasteurized honey, it has still undergone way less processing than sugar has. What really edges honey over sugar is the additional vitamins and minerals are found in honey. The best part? Honey is higher in fructose and sugar in glucose. Now, fructose is sweeter than glucose. Hence, you can consume a lesser amount of honey without having to give up the sweet taste everyone craves for
Honey is brimming with Antioxidants: A spoonful can improve your immunity to diseases as it raises the level of antioxidants that fight with these foreign illness-causing bacteria in the blood. Long-term use of honey has been widely recommended. This is because these antioxidants, found in honey in the form of polyphenols, are supposed to shrink your chances of heart-related diseases and even cancer. Honey has found itself useful in mitigating the side-effects of chemotherapy and radiation that are generally used to treat cancer.
In an experiment published by Clinical Researchers at the National Library of Medicine, it was found that honey consisted of antimicrobial, antiproliferative and antimetastatic effects in addition to the benefits discusses above. This has been thought to treat an extensive range of diseases that include asthma, diabetes, gastrointestinal and even neurological diseases. Bioactive molecules such as flavonoids imbibe a protective property in them which can also be used for therapeutic purposes.
Interestingly, China is the largest producer of natural honey in the world according to FAQSTAT. The increasing use of honey and its recommendation by both doctors and medical researchers have consistently proved its merit and the wide range of utility it encompasses. However, as smart consumers, we need to make sure we stray from those honey products that falsely claim to sell pure honey, especially when the biggest brands in India have been accused of adulteration.
Aishwarya, a Clinical Dietician and Nutritionist explains, “Choose honey which is naturally made by bees, pure with a honey aroma, contains wax and pollen and naturally crystallizes. Whereas adulterated honey is usually artificially prepared and does not crystallize. It contains added sugars in the form of beet sugar, cane sugar or corn sugars and is devoid of wax and pollen which makes it impure and unhealthy for consumption. Always buy honey from trusted source or from a beekeeper.”
In the midst of this, the company iD Fresh, which has successfully built a relation of trustworthiness with its consumers, has promised to come up with fresh, unadulterated honey. In a conversation with Mr. Nithin Phillips, Assistant General Manager Trade-Commerce at iD Fresh, he reassures, “Our CEO’s vision is of coming out with products to make homemakers’ lives easier and come out with food without any preservatives. The platform iD Fresh has built over the years ensures distribution and reach of the supply chain process, between production and consumer’s house, to be carried out with minimalistic human contact. The thought for innovation to essentially help homemakers is what drives iD Fresh.”
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