Honey, The Good Sugar

There are many misconceptions about honey as a sugar source. Some equate it with being water supersaturated with sugar and relate all sweeteners as equal and feel honey lines up with the likes of white cane sugar, brown sugar, high fructose corn syrup as if it has the same health problems that they do. They feel the vitamins, acids, and minerals are so insignificant that you have to eat gallons of honey to get any benefit from it.

But his is not true at all. It couldn't be even further from the truth. All sugars are not considered equal, contrary to what naysayers may stay. Bees' sugar is unique. Why, you ask? It's anabolic, dyspeptic, anticancer, gentle on the blood sugar, easy on the liver, fat burning, and it has healing effects and so much more. What other sugar can do all that? If you said none, then you are correct. 

The healthy compounds may be small in quantity, but if it gets taken regularly over time, it will have strong, cumulative effects. It will affect our body and immunity in powerful ways. It's not like it's not common knowledge.

There are tons of emails, letters, magazines, about people raving about the fact that honey has healing effects. With effects such as coughs, sinus, eczema, infections, arthritis, pain, burns, and so much more. Surely all these people can't be wrong with their testimonials. What do they have to gain by making stuff like that up? Surely there is merit to what they are saying. 

For thousands of years, honey was used in the treatment of asthma, throat infections, tuberculosis, thirst, hiccups, fatigue, dizziness, hepatitis, constipation, worm infestation, piles, eczema, healing of ulcers, and infected wounds and used as a delicious and nutritious supplement.

So honey is not something new when it comes to it treating ailments and guarding health. We have gotten away from natural health and rely on modern medicine to treat diseases. We have also gotten away from preventive care. Honey fell by the wayside, forgotten until recently. It is making a resurgence as interest increases in natural healthcare and preventive care. 

What does science say about this amazing substance? They say it is supersaturated with sugars but is has high nutritive value. There are minerals, polyphenols, vitamins, amino acids, proteins, enzymes, organic acids, and volatile compounds.

It also has a Prebiotic effect that nourishes the good bacteria in the gut. It has antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-ulcer, vasodilative, hypotensive, disinfectant, and anti-tumor. So science supports the many positive testimonials that tout honey 's amazing health benefits. And thankfully, modern science is slowly starting to turn its attention to more natural aspects of healing instead of just pharmaceuticals.

There should definitely be more teaching so people will learn about the vast medicinal impact that honey can have on health. And challenge the many misconceptions out there that honey is like any other sugar and has the same negative and troubling health risks. This natural sugar can help people turn away from harmful refined sugars and even more harmful artificial sweeteners and back to nature as it was intended.