Honey is Healthy


Honey is much more than just sweet! It is a concentrated and perfectly balanced energy source. The proportion of fructose and glucose carbohydrates offers optimum uptake by the body and easy metabolism. It even has performance advantages over the gels and drinks used by athletes because it contains oligosaccharides, protein, enzymes, organic acids, vitamins and minerals.


Steven Pratt MD in his book Super Foods Health Style, calls honey a New Super Food. Super foods are foods that don't just provide nutrition, but actually improve your health. These are foods that you should not be living with out. According to Dr. Pratt, Superfoods such as honey can dramatically improve health, vigor and longevity.

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Jennifer Ilana Ischayek, RD, and Mark Kern, PhD, RD, from San Diego University, analyzed four kinds of honey and found that they have slightly higher glycemic indices than sugar on a calorie to calorie basis. However because honey also contains antioxidants and has prebiotic properties it is better for you. In addition because the sugar composition is different from regular table sugar, Honey tastes sweeter than table sugar and less is required to get the same effect reducing a person's caloric intake.


Peter Molan at the University of Waikato in New Zealand has done extensive research on the effectiveness of honey for wound healing. He has found out that a honey has a number of properties that promote wound healing. Honey naturally has an antibiotic effect because of the high concentrations of sugars that can cause osmotic destruction of pathogens, but Molan has found that beyond this effect that certain kinds of honey also contain components that enhance the healing of wounds.

Canadian Researchers from the University of Ottawa have examined the bacteriocidal effects of honey on biofilms formed by several species of bacteria involved in causing chronic rhinosinusitis, a disease that affects approximately 1 in 10 North Americans every year. The researchers found that honey was significantly better at killing Pseudomonas aeruginosa and MRSA (an antibiotic resistant bacterium) than conventional antibiotics. The authors conclude that topical treatment with honey may prove effective in fighting chronic rhinosinusitis. Read more.