Importance of well balance diet:

All food contains all of the nutrients we need to be healthy, it is necessary to eat various foods in sufficient amounts. A good diet will include many different foods, and sufficient in quantity and quality to meet an individual’s need for food energy and other micro nutrients.

By eating HONEY you will have the following benefits.

HONEY

Typical serving size:

1 to 2 Tbsp or 15 to 30 mL

HOW IT HARMS

  • High in calories Risk for babies

    Allergies

    WHAT IT HEALS

    Low blood sugar Coughs High cholesterol Despite all the claims that honey is a wonder food, its nutritional value is very limited: Honeys are mostly sugars—fructose and glucose, with some sucrose
    Some types provide minute amounts of B complex and C vitamins
    Honey (especially dark varieties) does contain some antioxidants, but fruits and vegetables are much better sources
    Some new studies are looking into the antimicrobial and wound-healing properties of honey
    The flavor of honey varies based on the type of flowers from which the bees collected their pollen

    Health Benefits

    Raises blood glucose levels
    The high sugar content of honey can boost low blood sugar levels for those with hypoglycemia
    When hypoglycemia strikes, eat one tablespoon of honey and wait 15 minutes before eating anything else
    Helps quiet coughing
    In one study, children age 2 and older with upper respiratory tract infections were given up to 2 tsp (10 mL) of honey at bedtime
    The honey seemed to reduce nighttime coughing and improve sleep
    Honey appeared to be as effective as the cough suppressant dextromethorphan in typical over-the-counter doses
    However, note that it may be dangerous for a child under 1 year of age
    Helps lower “bad” cholesterol
    A study from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates found total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels dropped while “good” high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels rose in healthy people after they drank a solution containing honey, but not after they drank solutions containing glucose

    Health Risks

    Weight gain
    Volume for volume, honey is higher in calories than sugar: A tablespoon of honey contains 64 calories, compared to 46 in a tablespoon of sugar
    This is partly because a tablespoon of honey weighs more than the same volume of sugar
    Limit intake if on a weight loss plan
    Risk for babies
    Spores of Clostridium botulinum have been found in about 10% of honeys sampled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States
    Although not dangerous to adults and older children, infants should not be fed honey because C
    botulinum can cause serious illness in the first year of life
    Allergic reactions
    Honeybees collect and store pollen from one flower to another
    For people who are allergic to certain types of plants, the honey containing the pollen from the plants may trigger life-threatening allergic reactions

    Allergies

  • Whisk with lemon juice and cinnamon as a fresh fruit dip
  • Brush honey over apple slices, then dip into chopped peanuts
  • Microwave a mug of milk with a spoonful of honey and a dash of nutmeg

    Buying Tip

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  • Most commercial honeys are blends from different plant sources
  • Honey ranges from pale off-white to dark brown; in general, the deeper the color, the stronger the flavor

    Storing Tips

  • Store honey in a cool, dry place
    It will keep up to a year
  • Heat the bottle of honey in a pot of shallow water if it crystallizes

    QUICK TIP:

    Substitute honey for sugar Honey can be substituted for sugar at the ratio of one part honey for every 1 ¼ parts sugar: The liquid in the recipe may need to be decreased, however, to compensate for the water that is present in honey