Honey is a common sweetener used in almost every household across the world for various purposes. It is a golden color thick liquid which is stored inside a beehive and is produced by honeybees using flower nectar.
Beekeepers take honey from beehives once the honeycomb cells have been sealed by the bees. It is then treated through heating and filtering before coming in the market. A 100-gram serving of honey provides 304 kilocalories and contains no fiber, fat or protein
Also, It is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life.
Now, let us look at some of the Surprising Benefits of Honey :
Honey Vs Sugar and weight loss
Honey is used as a substitute for sugar and helps in losing weight. It tastes sweeter than sugar but yet contains only 82.4 g carbohydrates per 100 g and provides only 304 Kcal/100 g (vs. 400 Kcal for sucrose). Honey is absorbed quickly in the body as it contains high levels of glucose and fructose and gives your body an instant boost of energy. Honey provides great nutritional support during weight loss as it is full of nutrients and antioxidants. Darker color honey tends to have higher levels of these nutritional properties as compared to the lighter color ones.
Honey weight loss recipe - Mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon of honey, 230-250 ml grapefruit juice. Drink before meals to curb appetite.
Honey and Diabetics
Honey can be used as a sugar supplement for patients suffering from Diabetes but should be consumed in lesser quantity. In type 2 diabetes people, it reduces the risk of various heart-related diseases. It lowers bad or LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, inflammation and raises good or HDL cholesterol.
NOTE - It should still be consumed with caution as it also raises blood sugar levels but not as much as sugar.
Honey and Heart
Honey prevents heart strokes. The antioxidant compounds and phenols in honey can help lower blood pressure. It dilates heart arteries and increases blood flow to the heart, protects against oxidative stress and blood clot formation.
Honey and Healing
Honey has been used to treat different kinds of wounds since ages. It heals partial thickness burns, post-surgery infected wounds, diabetic foot ulcers. It’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects also helps in treating skin infections like psoriasis and herpes lesions.
This liquid gold filled with medicinal value can heal your entire body. It alleviates allergies and soothes coughs, boosts memory and prevents cellular brain damage, improves mood, regulates sleep cycles, bad breath, tooth pain, dysentery, stomach ulcers.
Honey and Beauty
Honey is an incredible ingredient for skin and hair care. It is great for acne treatment and prevention, slows down aging, moisturizes and nourishes skin, unclogs pores. Honey makes for effective and inexpensive beauty treatment. Applying honey regularly on skin gives you healthy, younger looking and glowing skin.
Honey mask for radiant skin - Apply a thin layer of raw honey to damp skin in circular motion. Let it stay for 30 minutes. Gently rinse it off with warm water.
Honey Scrub - Mix two parts of honey, one part of Baking Soda and gently scrub on face and body to get smooth skin.
Honey to lighten scars - Honey helps repair damaged skin. Mix one spoon raw honey, one spoon coconut oil. Massage in circular motion for one to two minutes. Place a warm washcloth over it, and let it stay until cool. Repeat this process daily to lighten scars.
Honey Treats Sunburn - Mix one part, raw honey, two parts pure Aloe Vera gel to reduce inflammation and lighten sunburns.
Honey reduces wrinkles - Mix honey with milk to clear fine lines and keep your face wrinkle-free. Let it sit on your face for 15 minutes then rinse it off with lukewarm water.
Honey & Hair - Honey is an emollient. It promotes hair growth, keeps hair conditioned, reduces hair breakage, prevents hair damage, maintains healthy scalp and hair, treats dandruff. Regular application of honey on the scalp and hair can give you great hair with soft and a smooth texture whilst making it look shiny and healthy.
The use and application of Honey can not be limited here. It can be and is used for various other unlimited skin care, hair care and medicinal benefits.