Thursday 9 July, 2020

Botanical Roots: Why you should consume honey

A spoonful of honey. (Photo: iStock)

A spoonful of honey. (Photo: iStock)

Honey is known as the nectar of the gods and has botanical connections due to the fact that it is the end product of the pollen of flowering plants and trees that are harnessed by bees.

The sweet-flavoured substance has been used for treating a variety of aliments for more than 5,000 years due to its wound healing and anti-bacterial agents.

Indeed, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognises honey as a natural cough remedy - honey mixed with lime juice and garlic has been a staple in many Caribbean homes.

Honey has also been known to decrease the deleterious effects of diarrhea. It promotes increased potassium and water intake, which is particularly helpful when experiencing the condition. 

Consuming honey is also known to counter acid reflux which is the upward flow of stomach acid and undigested food by lining the esophagus and stomach.

What's more is that the sweet flavour of honey makes it an great alternative for sugar in the diet.  Added sugar in the diet provides excess calories with no nutritional benefit, and this can lead to increased body weight which comes with an increased risk of high blood pressure and diabetes.

Honey can be added to food and beverages to sweeten the taste without the negative health impact of added sugars. However, since honey is still a sweetener, it is important to remain mindful of how much honey being is used.

Other illnesses, ailments, and injuries that honey is said to be effective for include stress, weakness, sleep disturbance, vision problems, halitosis (bad breath), teething pain, asthma, hiccups, stomach ulcers, vomiting, bedwetting and frequent urination, high blood pressure, obesity, jaundice, hangover relief, eczema and dermatitis and arthritis.

While not all uses of honey are confirmed as effective, trying it as treatment will not make conditions any worse or cause harm. However, some doctors warn that honey must not be ingested by children less than 12 months old due to the risk of a type of food poisoning known as botulism.

Overall, honey is another amazing natural produce. Sweeten your life today with honey!

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