“Well”, said Pooh, “what I like best is eating honey” but then he had to stop and think. Bees…..are now endangered species…without them life won’t be sweet, honey!Honey– this gold liquid has been one of the oldest sweeteners found on earth and has been a culinary ingredient or probably a favourite craving but not to forget, it’s an important medication too.
The health benefits of honey have been known by our ancestors since 4000 years and the first known medical prescription of honey was found in the Sumerians clay. And in India, it’s been a part of the most ancient & traditional system of medication- The Siddha and The Ayurveda.So, let’s discover why this sweetener has been a part of Pooh’s life, India’s Siddha & Ayurveda and power-foods list, and why it should be inside of your kitchen cupboard.
1.Safer than sugar:
White sugar has always been on the negative list and a big no for diabetics’ patients and honey is a great substitute. Not only it is as sweet as sugar but it’s also comparatively safer and healthy to consume on a daily basis.
2.Helps with digestion:
Honey being mild laxative helps reduce constipation, bolting and gas. Being rich in probiotic what is called as friendly bacteria, it aids digestion and promotes the healthiness of immune system and reduces allergies.
3.Sound sleep mantra
According to a few studies, honey is a sound sleep mantra when coughing. The studies concluded that children had a improved quality of night sleep on consumption of honey.
4.Prevents cancer and heart diseases:
Honey possesses flavonoids, anti-tumour properties and properties which prevent formation of carcinogens thus reducing the risk of cancer, tumour or heart disease.
According to NYU Langone Medical Center honey when consumed orally might, “increase the body’s ability to metabolize alcohol, thereby limiting intoxication and more rapidly reducing alcohol blood levels.”
6.Your workout fuel:
With 17 grams of carbohydrates per tablespoon, honey is an excellent ergogenic aid that helps in boosting the performance of athletes.Adding honey to your bottle of water for an energy boost during workouts is highly recommended. Also, it is a great to maintain muscle recuperation and to restore glycogen after a workout, as well as any energy expenditure.
7.Fix for your skin
The antioxidants in honey will repair your skin and also protect it from any external damage. All you need to do is take some honey and apply it will the help of cotton or brush on the affected area, leave it for 10-15 minutes and then rinse your face.
Grab that bottle of honey and have it your way: Plain, Honey Water, Honey and Lemon, Ginger Honey, Honey Mint or anything else.That bottle of gold liquid is waiting for you on your kitchen shelf. And if you don’t have one, buy one.