10 Benefits of Raw Honey and the Reasons to Replace Sugar with it
2. Honey aids weight loss. The way it’s achieved is strongly linked to the first reason. The curious thing about the sensation of hunger is that it occurs not when the blood sugar is low, but when it is in the process of going down. Therefore, we can feel peckish even when the blood sugar level is quite high, and not feel hungry when it is low as long as it is at a stable level. This means a spike in blood sugar caused by a sugary treat can lead to quite a dramatic lowering of blood sugar soon afterwards and therefore, is very likely to make us reach out for another snack very soon. On the other hand, if we have a honey based treat, the blood sugar lowering is nowhere near as dramatic, hence substituting sugar with honey aids reducing calorie intake and weight loss.
3. Another way honey aids weight loss is by simply giving us a lot more vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes than sugar, thus reducing the need for the body to demand more nutrients in the form of hunger or cravings.
4. Even though honey is higher in calories than sugar, it is also higher in fructose too, which means it is sweeter than sugar. A lesser amount of honey is needed to produce the same level of sweetness, which is another way of aiding weight loss.
5. Honey boosts the immune system. This is due to polyphenols, a type of antioxidant found in the nectar of flowers. Antioxidants are essential in fighting free radicals, which cause the ageing of cells and formation of cancers.
6. Raw honey aids digestion due to its enzyme content. Enzymes are needed to break down food into smaller particles to be digested. Most raw food naturally contains enzymes to help break it down. When cooked however, they become deactivated and our own digestive system has to step up and generate our own enzymes. With age, this ability diminishes, so introducing raw honey as an everyday part of our diet is extremely beneficial.
7. Honey has anti-inflammatory properties. Numerous researches have showed that raw honey improved symptoms of psoriasis, dermatitis, persistent cough and gastroenteritis. If applied topically, it significantly reduced mouth ulcers, gingivitis and other oral diseases.
8. Raw honey contains a few species of friendly probiotic bacteria found in honeybees’ digestive juices. This is another way in which honey stimulates the immune system, fights harmful bacteria and helps to digest food.
9. The minerals in honey like manganese, copper and iron are essential for building haemoglobin, which is a part of red blood cells and its deficiency leads to Anaemia.
10. If you are still not sure if it’s worth adding raw honey to your diet, how about this final argument? No other food has such a colossal historical back up across continents and ages. “My son, eat thou honey, for it is good” — King Solomon – Proverbs: 24:13. In an ancient Indian medicine book called Ayurveda honey is called “perfection of sweetness” and considered not only food, but also a medicine. The ancient Maya had a god of honey called Ah Muzen Cab and considered the honey bee to be a link between him and people.