Hello again. This week I was originally looking into writing a piece about Depression. But I decided to go in the opposite direction, not only because this will be my first post about nutrition and I want it to be light hearted and fun but also because I want to do my research on Depression right and to the full of my ability.
So. Instead today I would like to talk about Honey.
Honey is one of my favorite things in the world. It's sweet, sticky and aromatic. You can use it in breakfasts, dinners, deserts, snacks and even just by itself as an awesome treat.
Honey is primarily composed of two monosaccharides, glucose and fructose and is made from pollon harvested from varieties of flowers, depending on the area. It is produced by bees partially digesting the pollon and regurgitating it a number of times, eventually leaving it to have the water content evaporate.
This is all well and good, I know. But why is honey a good thing to keep in your diet? I'm glad you asked.
For thousands of years (uses have been traced back to India) honey has been used to assist in recreating balance in the body. When honey reacts with wound fluids, it oxidises and forms Hydrogen Peroxide. This acts as an antibacterial agent. More commonly of course, honey is used in mixtures to sooth sore throats and coughs (my dad always suggested honey, scotch and lemon as I was growing up. Never was sure if he was joking about the scotch or not though).
My favorite thing about honey is one that helps me directly. There have been inconclusive studies regarding this but it is said that a tablespoon of unfiltered honey a day will assist you with your allergies. Every time change of season comes about and the wind picks up. Whether I'm in or outdoors, I have terrible sneezing fits, in Spring it's the worst of course. I have a friend whose father keeps bees and every now and then my sister brings up a jar or raw honey for me from their house. Regardless of what the inconclusive studies say, my N=1 study says that it works. And works well.
The Mayo Clinic suggests that there may be several other medicinal uses for honey for severe diseases such as: Type 2 Diabetes, Fouriner's Gangrene, Gastroenteritis, Radiation Mucositis, Rhinoconjunctivitis amongst other things. The clinic goes on to say that although there have been some trials with these diseases, there is only unclear evidence supporting clinical use for these purposes.
A negative factor about honey is that there is a natural presence of botulinum spores, which can lead to Botulism. An under developed digestive system such as an infants under 12 months may not be able to tollerate such spores. So it is not recommended to give children under that age honey.
Another issue is if the honey is produced from toxic flowering plants the honey produced itself may be toxic. This is generally only a risk if the honey is 'wild honey' and not processed.
I've only really touched on the benefits here on honey, it's used so widely and vastly that it would be impossible for me to write about it here and keep your attention. If you'd like a further look into all the other uses of honey, check out
Benefits of Honey they are a great resource for everything honey.