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11 Health Benefits of Honey

All natural, with a host of health benefits, honey can truly be called a miracle food. It’s been used for centuries as a food, a medicine and for skin care. Honey’s super health powers are due to the multitude of nutrients it contains – carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins and amino acids. In addition, honey is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and contains no fat, cholesterol or sodium.

When choosing honey, look for honey from wild flora, as opposed to honey from cultivated crops which are heavily sprayed with pesticides, traces of which could end up in the honey. Try to avoid honey that has been heated to high temperatures as this can destroy the natural enzymes, affecting its health benefits. It is advisable not to give honey to babies younger than a year old. Honey may (rarely) contain spores that can lead to infant botulism, even though it is completely safe for older children and adults.

Here are 11 health benefits of honey:

1. Energy

Before your next workout, try having a spoon of honey for a great energy boost. Honey is 80% carbohydrate, which consists of four different natural sugars. The different properties of these sugars cause them to release their energy at different rates – for example, the glucose gives one an instant boost, while the fructose releases its energy more slowly. The result is that honey gives a sustained energy boost, ensuring that you’ll have a great workout and not run out of steam half way through. Similarly, if you experience a mid morning slump, a spoon of honey in a glass of warm water, or just as is, will give you a great pick-me-up.