We’re all on a quest for greater health these days, and one item near the top of everyone’s list is natural honey. Linked to health benefits such as improved heart health, wound healing, and blood antioxidant status it all looks good, but on the flip-side consuming too much may cause adverse effects due to its high sugar and calorie content. So, what’s the story? We turn to our health and nutrition guru, top Lebanese food consultant and medical and weight loss dietician Mira Khattar, for the low-down on honey.

Well, when you want something that is sweet and tasty, I guess honey with its health benefits can be placed at the top of your list! Why?

1- Rich in antioxidants: Honey contains powerful antioxidants that neutralize free radicals in our body and thus protect us from ageing and many medical diseases. Honey contains as many antioxidants as spinach, apples, oranges or strawberries, according to a study conducted at the University of California.

2- Good for diabetics: Honey contains glucose and fructose sugars, and it contains more calories than table sugar. But, according to Dr. David Baer of the USDA Agriculture Research Service, our body tolerates honey better compared to table sugar. Eating honey is better for people with diabetic conditions as it is less likely to cause blood sugar spike.

3- It beautifies our skin: Honey is a natural treat for our skin: it has antibacterial and anti-fungal agents that help disinfect and speed the healing process in wounds and burns.

4- Improves sport performance and increases libido: Studies at the University of Memphis Exercise and Sports Nutrition Laboratory found that honey may be one of the most effective forms of carbohydrate to eat just prior to exercise. It gives energy and endurance, increases performance and decreases fatigue.

5- Honey can be a cure for insomnia: According to Michael McInnes of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, eating a tablespoon or two of honey at bedtime can improve sleep quality. Consume one teaspoon of natural honey before sleeping! One teaspoon of honey contains 22 calories only.

6- It cures night cough: Manuka honey is a premium medical honey which originated in New Zealand. It has been discovered as a unique type of honey that can treat health conditions… even the severe ones like ulcers, acid reflux, eczema, gastritis (infection in the stomach), acne and throat problems. It is super high in anti-bacterial properties, and kills germs and viruses. Look for Manuka honey with a UMF higher than 15. (Unique Manuka Factor).

That’s not all!

HONEY IS THE PERFECT HAPPINESS TREAT! When your mood goes down, the best thing to do is to have a tablespoon of honey. It will boost endorphins… a hormone located in the brain and known as the hormone of happiness. 😊

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