Honey is often thought of as a sweet and sticky substance that may be spread over toast or stirred into hot tea. However, in recent years, experts have begun investigating honey’s potential and the health advantages it may provide in different contexts.
Tea, especially when it’s hot and steamy, is one of life’s simple pleasures. Some prefer it pure but most enjoy it sweet. The addition of sugar is by far and away the most popular method used to sweeten tea. The more familiar form of sugar, known as sucrose, is made up of both fructose and glucose. Despite the fact that sugar may sate a natural appetite, consuming it comes with a number of drawbacks.
Sugar is the primary source of fuel for the body, and the majority of the nutrients we eat are converted into simple sugars by the body after digestion (glucose). It is the primary contributor of caloric intake in the diet. The extra energy that comes from sugar is stored in the body as fat. Even while some amount of fat storage is required, having an excessive amount is not only unpleasant but also causes a number of health problems, particularly for diabetics. Additionally, sugar encourages the development of the bacteria that are responsible for tooth decay.
Honey is a more natural and healthy option. Honey is one of the oldest sweeteners that man has used, and the ancient Egyptians greatly esteemed honey for its medical and curative effects. Honey is one of the oldest sweeteners that man has used. It is a sugary liquid that is often somewhat viscous that is produced by bees from the nectar of flowers and then stored as food in the cells of the hive. It is often used as a nutritive sweetener, whether it is consumed in its raw or processed form.
ìHoney is the ultimate in products derived from herbs. Itís like liquid gold. Fashioned through an ingenious alliance between animal and plant kingdoms, honey delivers a diverse array of phytochemicals in one package. This bounty arrives courtesy of the industrious honeybee, who visits some 2 million flowers to manufacture just one pound of honeyî said Dr.Gina Mohammed, a plant physiologist in Sault Ste Marie, Canada. ìHoney blends exceptionally well with black and flavored teas and enhances its fragranceî, added Kim Yong, founder of Your Tea Place, an online tea site which focuses on tea and health.
A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, shows that the level of antioxidants of honey is comparable to that of many fruits and vegetables. And while you are unlikely to devour a cup of honey in lieu of broccoli, the golden liquid may be a respectable alternative to sugar and a healthy supplement to your diet. It has been found that honey lessens the ill effects of radiation therapy in patients with cancer of the head and neck, improves oral health, preserves food, boosts antioxidants and enhances athletic performance.
Researchers at the University of Illinois studied 25 healthy men who consumed various combinations of hot water, buckwheat honey, black tea and sugar. They found that serum antioxidant capacity increased by 7 percent within two hours of ingesting 2 cups of hot water containing about 4 tablespoons of honey. Those antioxidants also help your arteries as it reduces oxidation of low-density lipoproteins (known as ìbadî cholesterol), a benefit which likely thwarts development of atherosclerosis. The findings also show that many varieties are full of phenols and flavonoids ñ known cancer fighters even more powerful than vitamin E.
So the next time you’re having a cup of tea, do your health a favor by added a spoonful of honey, nature’s liquid gold.