Sweet Sweet Honey
The benefits of this syrupy natural sugar go far beyond its taste..
Honey is a wondrously complex substance that scientists are still trying to completely figure out. What we do know is that it’s comprised of the natural sugars glucose and fructose, along with minerals such as magensium, potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, sulphur, iron and phosphate, and vitamins such as B1, B2, B5, B6, and C. The specific levels of vitamins and minerals, however, change according to the nectar and pollen collected by the bees.
The sugar content in honey—glucose and fructose—is utilized and digested more easily by the body than many other forms of sugar. The glucose in honey is absorbed quickly giving an immediate energy boost, while the fructose is absorbed more slowly providing sustained energy. Honey has also been found to keep blood sugar levels fairly consistent compared to other types of sugar that spike insulin levels.
Honey also has antibacterial, antioxidant and antifungal properties, can help to build the immune system, is effective topically for various skin afflictions from wounds to acne, helps to soothe and even heal sore throats, helps cure hangovers due to it being gentle on the stomach and speeding up the oxidation of alcohol by the liver, can help cure allergies (when eating local honey), helps with digestive issues, and much more. I really can’t think of a reason not to eat it.