Properties of honey, a super power sweetener

Conscious TV

September 28, 2020

Honey is a natural, unprocessed food made by bees from the nectar of flowers or secretions from living parts of plants. The bees collect it, transform it and mix it with an enzyme present in their saliva to store it in the honeycombs where it matures. The different types of honey depend on the flower used as a source of nectar and the type of bee that produced it, and differ in texture, colour and taste. There are countless varieties: mille-flower, eucalyptus, heather, orange blossom, rosemary, sunflower, lavender, dandelion, pine, linden, etc.

Honey has been used since time immemorial for its recognised qualities. It is a high quality source of glucose due to its special enzymes, which make it better digested and less fattening than other sugars. Its most widespread use is as a sweetener, but its properties are also used in cosmetics to develop ranges of products based on its antioxidant qualities.

Honey is a superfood because, in addition to being a great carbohydrate that gives us lots of energy, it contains minerals such as phosphorus, potassium and magnesium, several B vitamins, amino acids and proteins.

Honey properties

  • It is antibacterial and antibiotic: honeys such as lavender, eucalyptus, lime or rosemary help prevent respiratory diseases such as colds, sinusitis, bronchitis or flu.
  • Taking two teaspoons a day is very useful to eliminate intestinal bacteria caused by food poisoning that generate symptoms such as diarrhoea, vomiting, flatulence.
  • The high presence of antioxidants makes it suitable for the treatment of wrinkles, blemishes and flaccidity.
  • It helps to reduce inflammation and regenerate skin from burns and ulcers.
  • It has a sedative effect, making it a great ally in times of stress. It is recommended to be added to soothing herbal teas to enhance its effect.
  • Honey should not be given to children before the age of 18 months because their stomach enzymes are not yet sufficiently developed to digest it properly. Later it will be the most suitable natural sweetener for their diet.

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