Honey: A Miraculous Liquid or Just A Myth

Aaisha Aslam

We all have known the wonderful benefits of honey since our childhood and every home has atleast one bottle of it. Even in Annaprashan (the first food-eating ceremony of the newborn), we start off with honey and rest all later. By the way if you guys don’t know that what is honey, then better know it, it is bee’s vomit which bees collect in their honeycomb.  So the question is, is honey really that healthy that it should be consumed  in annaprashan or during any health risks?  Let’s look at the benefits that we get from honey.

  1. The antiseptic and antibacterial property of honey distinguishes honey from sugar or any other sweetener, due to which it is consumed during pregnancy, first food-eating ceremony and any infections.
  2. Honey is a soothing liquid, which when applied to the small wounds or burns have slight positive effects on it. In Ayurvedic medicines, honey contains some medicinal properties which can be used as the treatment for the injuries and wounds, over 4000 years ago to this date.
  3. It is very helpful in diarrhea and any digestion problem, as it promotes potassium and water intake which is the very of the hour. It can also reduce the reduce the upward flow of stomach acid and undigested food which prevents heartburn, inflammation and acid reflux.
  4. According to a 2007 study by Penn State College of Medicine “Honey reduced night-time coughing and improved sleep quality in children with upper respiratory infection to a greater degree than the cough medicine dextromethorphan.”

With the study it’s clear that there is no better cure than honey cold and coughs, not even cough syrups.

  1. As honey gets it sweetness from monosaccharide fructose and glucose, and is less processed than sugar is a best alternative for sugar to your diet. It not only helps you to be healthy but also reduce your weight when added with lemon.

After all this good stuffs, there comes a bad news for you, honey also has some health risks if not consumed in moderation.

The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that women get no more than 100 calories a day from added sugars and men no more than 150 calories a day. This is equal to a little over two tablespoons for women and three tablespoons for men.

After all those benefits, honey is still a form of glucose (sugar) which contains carbohydrates as much as sugar. The fructose is broken down by the body quickly and if taken in high quantites, then it can lead to obesity, fatty liver disease, diabetes, hike in blood sugar level. Sometimes when children younger than 12 months are given honey, they may suffer from constipation, generalized weakness and weak cry or in scientific word infant botulism.

But being optimistic towards anything is always good, so it to honey. As honey has more benefits than hazard, so use honey in your day-to-day life but with a check in the amount of the quantity consumed.

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