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Healthy Benefits with Honey

Know About the Health Benefits of Honey

Raw Honey is an all-natural and readily available option with many possible health benefits. Some evidence suggests that honey helps reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes and supports a healthy gut.  Other research has found that honey might be a good alternative to antibiotics.

"Honey is the third most faked food in the world..."

Honey comes from nectar, which flowers produce to attract bees to them. Bees suck the nectar from flowers and store it in their stomachs. Later, bees will pass the nectar to other bees through their mouths. As the bees pass the nectar, the sugary substance turns into honey. Then, the bees store the final product in honeycomb cells.

Read on to learn about the health-protective powers of honey, how to shop for the best varieties, and ways to add the sweetener to meals, snacks, and drinks.

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Helps Prevent and Treat Metabolic Syndrome

Raw Honey may help people with metabolic syndrome (MetS), a cluster of risk factors for heart disease and diabetes.

To be diagnosed with MetS, you must have at least three of five conditions:

  • A waistline between 35–40 inches
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood levels of triglycerides
  • Low HDL ("good") cholesterol, which helps remove cholesterol from your arteries
  • High blood sugar

Some evidence suggests that raw honey may prevent and manage MetS by:

  • Keeping blood sugar low: Raw Honey has a lower glycemic index (GI) than sugar, so it does not trigger a spike in blood sugar and insulin levels. Remember thou, consume in moderation. In contrast, honey helps enhance insulin sensitivity. Research has shown that honey can prevent weight gain if moderately consumed.  While, yes, eating more of a food will give you more of the nutrients found in that food, honey is still a sugar. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends no more than 9 teaspoons, or 3 tablespoons, of sugar per day for men and no more than 6 teaspoons, or 2 tablespoons, of sugar per day for women.

 

  • Improving lipid metabolism: Raw Honey lowers blood levels of triglycerides and LDL ("bad") cholesterol and raises HDL cholesterol. Too much total cholesterol can build up in the arteries, leading to heart problems.
  • Reducing oxidative stress: Honey's anti-oxidative properties help reduce oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is an imbalance between cell-damaging free radicals and the body's ability to counter their harmful effects.

“Raw Honey contains powerful antioxidants. Refined sugar does not”

May Prevent Heart Disease

Raw Honey contains over 180 substances, including natural sugars, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemical. Honey's antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds help protect against atherosclerosis.

Atherosclerosis is the buildup of fatty substances in the arteries. That buildup hardens over time and blocks blood flow to your body. Atherosclerosis is a risk factor for coronary artery disease (CAD) if the buildup prevents blood flow to your heart. CAD raises the risk of angina and heart attack.

Might Protect Against Antibiotic Resistance

Raw Honey may act as an inexpensive alternative to antibiotics. A review published in 2020 found that honey helps improve cough frequency and severity compared to over-the-counter medicines and antibiotics. 

Concern over antimicrobial resistance, partly linked to overprescribing antibiotics for upper respiratory tract infections (URIs), prompted the analysis.

Antimicrobial resistance occurs when viruses, bacteria, or fungi stop responding to treatments. That's a great concern because it limits the treatment options for URIs and other infections.

A study published in 2017 found that honey may hold the key to curbing antimicrobial resistance. The researchers discovered that an antimicrobial compound from honeybees could become the basis for new antibiotics.

Supports a Healthy Gut

A review published in 2017 found that honey possesses prebiotic properties.  Prebiotics help ferment healthy gut bacteria. For example, Lactobacilli is a type of "good" bacteria that aids in breaking down food and absorbing nutrients. 

Tips for Consuming Raw Honey

You can enjoy honey as is, straight from the spoon, or incorporate it into various recipes. To relish the tasty treat, try some of the following ideas: 

  • Use honey to sweeten tea and coffee, or whip it into a smoothie.
  • Whisk honey into homemade vinaigrette dressings and sauces. 
  • Drizzle honey over oatmeal or overnight oats, pancakes, fresh fruit, chia seeds, or avocado pudding. 
  • Stir honey into energy balls made with a nut or seed butter and add-ins like oats, dried fruit, spices, and chopped dark chocolate.
  • Use honey to make kale chips or to glaze carrots, beets, walnuts, or cashews.

You can trade sugar for honey in some baked goods. Replace one cup of sugar with one-half to two-thirds cup of honey, then reduce the liquid in the recipe. You can even use honey to sweeten cocktails. Try honey lime margaritas, honey-kissed cosmos, or bee's knees made from honey mixed with gin, ginger, and lemon juice.

A Little about Infused honey

Huckle Bee Farms Infused Honey or Speciality Honey is regular Raw Honey with flavors infused from fruits and veggies added to it which will give your “taste buds a treat”. You can buy honey infused with many different things. These include spices like cinnamon, fruits, or spicier things like peppers.  There is many health benefits with Infused Raw Honey.

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