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Magical Health Benefits of Honey

Updated on March 21, 2012

Natural Honey is a Diet to Many

Honey has been synonymous with magic since the ancient times. Honey has been held in the highest respect and dignity by ancient civilizations. Honey is often associated with bounty, health and divinity through out the world. In early hunting and gathering civilizations, the discovery of honey was a cause enough for rejoicing. Today, natural honey continues to hold its position in the diets of many.

Nectar is a Mixture of Sucrose and Water

Bees go to flowering plants which produces nectar which is a mixture of sucrose and water. Bees will carry this fluid and store it in the hive. Its hard labour on the part of the bees as a single bee has to visit thousands of flowers just to produce a tablespoon of honey. The hard labor does not stop there as bees have to manipulate the nectar by reducing its water content and breaking sucrose into simple sugars of glucose and fructose. No two honeys are exactly the same as it is determined by the variety of honey producing plants. An average honey will contain 17 percent water, 33% glucose and 37% fructose.

Honey is a Source of Vitamin B as Well as Minerals

Combine honey with royal jelly to make an excellent nutritional supplement
Combine honey with royal jelly to make an excellent nutritional supplement

Excellent Nutritional Supplement

Honey has a soothing and antibacterial properties which make it very ideal for pharmaceutical and health food preparations like beverages of tea and sport drinks. Combine honey with royal jelly, which is the food fed to queen larvae by worker bees, and you make an excellent nutritional supplement.

Granulation in Honey is Reversible

Honey stores best in closed containers in dry and cool place away from light. Stored in those conditions, honey keeps an excellent color, flavor characteristics and its distinct aroma for prolonged periods of years. Granulation in honey is reversible by placing the honey in warm water.

Perfect Ingredients for Light Products

Honey contains about 80% carbohydrates as compared to other nutritive sweeteners which are pure carbohydrate products. As a result, honey has fewer calories on a weight basis compared to other sweeteners. This makes honey the perfect ingredients for many light products. Honey contains some nutrients unlike other sweeteners. Honey is a source of vitamin B as well as minerals such as magnesium, zinc, phosphorous and copper which contributes to honey's natural appeal in your health food.

Multifunctional Ingredient

Honey is a multifunctional ingredient. Honey acts as humectants, a natural binder, a flavor enhancer and shelf-life extender for many foods.

Soothing and Antibacterial Properties

Honey has a soothing and antibacterial properties which make it very ideal for pharmaceutical and health food preparations like beverages of tea and sport drinks. Combine honey with royal jelly, which is the food fed to queen larvae by worker bees, and you make an excellent nutritional supplement.

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