1. Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-fungal:Consumption of honey promotes an increase is beneficial antioxidant agents, stimulates antibodies and combats harmful microbial activity. Several studies have also looked at honey in wound treatment. Studies showed that infected wounds became sterile within one week of honey application.
2. Increase athletic performance.Ancient Olympic athletes would eat honey and dried figs to enhance their performance. This has now been verified with modern studies, showing that it is superior in maintaining glycogen levels and improving recovery time as compared to other sweeteners.
3. Reduce cough and throat irritation:Acacia honey's thick consistency helps line the throat while the sweet taste is believed to trigger nerve endings that prevent coughing. It can be used in treating upper respiratory tract infections. Honey is believed to be as effective as the common cough suppressant ingredient dextromethorphan. In a study of 110 children, a single dose of acacia honey was just as effective as a single dose of dextromethorphan in relieving nocturnal cough and allowing proper sleep.
4. Heal wounds and burns:Honey is a natural antibiotic that can act both internally and externally. It can be used as a conventional treatment for wounds and burns by disinfecting wounds and sores from major species of bacteria. External application of honey has been shown to be as effective as conventional treatment with silver sulfadiazine. It is speculated that the drying effect of the simple sugars and honey’s antibacterial nature combine to create this effect.
Is Acacia Honey safer than sugar?
There is always debate about the negative effects of white sugar on the body. Acacia Honey is a great substitute that is as sweet but also safe to consume. Though honey also includes simple sugars in its chemical makeup, it is quite different from white sugar in that it contains about 30% glucose and 40% fructose – two monosaccharide or simple sugars – with 20% other complex sugars. Honey also includes dextrin, a starchy fiber. This combination helps the body regulate blood sugar levels. Acacia Honey particularly the safest honey because it has the lowest levels of sucrose amongst all honeys and a higher content of fructose making it even suitable for Diabetics.
- Raw Honey is best not fed to infants. This is more as a precaution just in case there may be any bacterial strain. Adults and children may have stronger immunity and may not be affected by any mild strain of bacteria. Most honey is not contaminated with the bacteria causing infant botulism, but it’s still best not to take the chance.
- Honey is a sugar, so do not eat jars full of it if you value your good health and want to maintain a healthy weight. It has a high caloric value and will put you on a sugar high.