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The benefits of honey in our diet

The benefits of honey have been known and used over time. Honey is one of the most important primary natural sweeteners, whose benefits range from a pleasant taste to the palate, to the possible prevention and treatment of diseases.

When we hear about honey, surely the first thing that comes to mind is to associate it with a cold, with a cough or in a teaspoon to sweeten some food. It is also to be expected that we would associate it with free sugars, with an increase in blood glucose and with the occasional critic questioning its benefits.

The consumption of honey dates back to 10,000 years B.C. Hippocrates, considered the father of medicine, used it to heal various skin conditions; It was also used by the Egyptians to heal wounds and burns, among others.

Natural source of antioxidants

Antioxidants are natural substances that prevent the formation of oxides, which in turn slows down cell breakdown. In this sense, the periodic consumption of honey can be an important dietary supplement in the prevention of heart diseases, the immune system and inflammatory processes.

Primary sweetener

Before the extraction of cane sugar and other roots, tubers and foods became popular, honey was the only natural primary sweetener. Due to its components, such as small peptides, flavonoids and enzymes, honey serves as a sweetener, but not only that, it is a protective agent that, when mixed with other foods, can enhance both the flavor and its beneficial properties for health . In this same sense, honey serves as a natural substitute for refined sugar.

Hydrating potential

The high concentration of moisture in honey not only influences its viscosity, weight, flavor and color, but it can be essential to moisturize different parts of our body. For the same reason, it is usually used as a moisturizer for the hair and scalp. In this it is important that the honey is not exposed to high temperatures, since its properties can be lost.

Favors digestion

When combined with other natural products, such as lemon juice or cinnamon, honey can promote the activity of the digestive system. This means that it helps metabolize food, preventing or relieving stomach indigestion. Likewise, it has been attributed to alleviate symptoms of constipation and a feeling of heaviness after heavy meals. For the same reason, it has been granted the property of preventing reflux and helping to relieve diarrhea.

Relieves cough and sore throat

Again when combined with other substances such as lime or lemon juice, honey soothes a sore throat, even in small doses. Due to its antibacterial properties, it could also help fight some infections of this type. Honey is recognized as a natural remedy for coughs (however, it is encouraged not to use it in children under one year of age).

Anti-inflammatory activity

Direct application of honey to inflamed muscles has been used as a powerful anti-inflammatory, that is, it has been attributed the property of reducing muscle swelling. In turn, this relieves pain caused by the inflammation itself.

As you can see, natural honey is one of the purest, most natural foods with the greatest amount of benefits on our health. It is recommended 1 to 2 tablespoons of honey a day without having side effects, risks or negative consequences for health.

References:

Figueras, M. (s.f.). La miel: terapéutica y con propiedades nutricionales. Recuperado el 15 de septiembre de 2020 de https://fundaciondelcorazon.com/corazon-facil/blog-impulso-vital/2402-miel-terapeutica-propiedades-nutricionales.html

Sesmilo, G. y Lecegui, P. (Octubre, 2018). ¿Qué de bueno y malo hay en la miel? Recuperado el 15 de septiembre de 2020 de http://www.endocrino.cat/es/blog-endocrinologia.cfm/ID/10665/ESP/-de-bueno-y-malo-hay-miel-.htm

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