The main uses of honey are in cooking, baking, as a spread on breads, and as an addition to various beverages such as tea and as a sweetener in some commercial beverages.
According to international food regulations, “honey stipulates a pure product that does not allow addition of any other substance…this includes, but is not limited to, water or other sweeteners”. Honey barbecue and honey mustard are common and popular sauce flavors.
In fact, it is recommended by the Bible as good to eat.
Prov 24:13 – My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honey-comb, which is sweet to thy taste:
But, anything that is excessive is dangerous to health.
Prov 25:27 – It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.
So it is advisable to eat in moderation.
Prov 25:16 – Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled with it, and vomit it.
Many people often ask “Why is honey good for the body?”, “Is this sweetener really more superior than the table sugar?”.
1) It is nutritious: Honey contains many vitamins like B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and certain amino acids. and minerals including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc.
2) It is a healthy food choice: Honey has a healthy Glycemic Index (GI) , meaning that its sugars can be gradually absorbed into the bloodstream to result in better digestion. Eating excessive high-glycemic foods prompts an elevated insulin release in our body as a result of the pancreas being stimulated to metabolize the sudden surge of glucose into the blood.
3) It builds immunity against sicknesses: Honey contains natural antioxidant properties that can destroy biologically destructive chemical agents which have been linked to many diseases such as cancer. Not only could honey’s antioxidants help to eliminate free radicals in the body, they are also part of the nutrient supply for growth of new tissue.
4) It energizes: A great natural source of carbohydrates which provide strength and energy to our bodies, honey is known for its effectiveness in instantly boosting the performance, endurance and reduce muscle fatigue of athletes. Its natural fruit sugars, fructose and glucose plays an important role in preventing fatigue during exercise and are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream digested by the body. Also, honey is free of cholesterol and it has been reported that adding small amounts of it in the daily diet could even help keep cholesterol levels in check.
5) It beautifies: Honey’s hygroscopic properties also make it an ideal cosmetic ingredient as it helps keep skin hydrated and fresh and prevents drying. Its natural antioxidant and anti-microbial properties also support the skin’s ability to rejuvenate and refresh depleted skin, leaving it feeling silky soft and supple.
Warning: Because of the natural presence of botulinum endospores in honey, children under one year of age should not be given honey. The more developed digestive systems of older children and adults generally destroy the spores. Infants, however, can contract botulism from honey. Medical grade honey can be treated with gamma radiation to reduce the risk of botulinum spores being present. Gamma radiation evidently does not affect honey’s antibacterial activity, whether or not the particular honey’s antibacterial activity is dependent upon peroxide generation.