My sister’s honey diet…

Friday Mar 26, 2010

This post I dedicate to my sister…

Honey! An energy source, a health remedy, a long history in almost all cultures and religions around the world – all make honey a true wonder food.

Honey is made by bees from nectar and enzymes in a unique way in the hive.  The prepared honey is then used by the bees as a food source in the winter months.  Honey provides great energy for the bees due to its high caloric value.  Also the physical properties of honey help protect the bees from bacterial infections.

Honey consists of mostly water and two types of sugar; glucose and fructose.  These sugars are absorbed by the body without additional digestion requirement.  Honey also contains some minerals such as: sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, and phosphorus in smaller amounts, as well as trace amounts of vitamins.

Another great benefit of honey is that it is resistant to the growth of bacteria.  Honey is slightly acidic (pH of 4) and it has a high osmotic pressure, which prevents the manifestation of bacteria.  These properties make honey great for preservation for long periods of time.

Honey home remedies have been successfully implemented for many years.  Honey, being a natural substance, may be more effective with fewer side effects than commercial products (e.g. medicine, supplements).  It is very common today to use honey to treat different conditions, such as sore throat, or cough.

Recently, I noticed that all my sister seems to be eating is honey.  Even though, I recognize all the great benefits of honey, there is no reason to consume only honey in the diet.  It does contain a lot of sugar and should be consumed in moderation. A healthy diet should consist of a variety of foods throughout the day.

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