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Health Benefits Of Honey: A Quick Overview

People have been using honey as food and medicine since ancient times. It offers plenty of health benefits because of its beneficial plant compounds. People from the old civilizations used topical honey treatment for wounds and burns. Honey is all-natural and readily available. It is an affordable option for most households. Here are some reasons why you should buy honey at Bens Bees.

Rich in antioxidants

Bens Bees only offer high-quality honey. It contains organic acids and phenolic compounds like flavonoids. The combination of these compounds gives honey its antioxidant ability. Buckwheat honey increases the antioxidant value of the blood. There are many studies on antioxidants. The results show that antioxidants may promote eye health. They also reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and some cancer types. The antioxidants help lower blood pressure, a crucial risk factor for heart disease.

Lower triglycerides

Another risk factor for heart disease is when the blood triglycerides elevate. Some people also associate honey with insulin resistance. A diet high in sugar and refined carbs increases the levels of triglyceride.

Plenty of nutrients

Honeybees collect the sugar-rich nectar of flowers to produce a sweet, thick liquid. This liquid is what we call honey. The honeybees consume, digest, and regurgitate the nectar once inside the beehive. The result is a liquid that serves as stored for bees. The types of flowers visited affect the smell, color, and taste of honey.

A tablespoon of honey is around 21 grams. It contains 64 calories and 17 grams of sugar. That includes fructose, glucose, maltose, and sucrose. It has no fiber, fat, or protein at all. Trace amounts of under 1% are several vitamins and minerals. Most people get attracted to the bioactive plant compounds and antioxidants of honey. Darker types of honey tend to be higher in these compounds than those lighter ones.

Better than sugar

There is an on-going debate about whether honey is less bad than sugar for diabetics. Honey can reduce several risk factors for heart disease. It is a disease common in people with type 2 diabetes. It lowers bad LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, and inflammation. At the same time, it increases good HDL cholesterol. There are studies that show honey can also increase blood sugar levels. The increase is not as much as refined sugar though. Honey might be better for diabetics than refined sugar. Even though this is the case, consumption must be under monitoring or surveillance. Honey adulteration is illegal in most countries. Some people adulterate certain types of honey with plain syrup.

Honey also seems to have a positive effect on cholesterol levels. Keep in mind that there is no long-term human study on honey and heart health available today. Honey is the most effective at partial-thickness burns and wounds infected after surgery.

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