Sunday, January 21, 2007

Article Outlines Health Benefits of Honey

Hey Honey
Indian Express, 1/21/2007

You are on a diet and have to stay off sugar. You don't want the usual sugar-free sweetener either. Go honey. Not only will it cut the calories and make your fare just as sweet, it will also keep you going on the energy circuit.

Nutritionists across the world have traditionally favoured honey as a source of energy vis-a-vis sugar for the innumerable benefits it offers. Honey has carbohydrate compounds that are singularly acceptable and practical and is considered most effective to generate heat, create and replace energy and furthermore, form certain tissues…

Compared to sugar, honey has a healthier Glycemic Index (GI) which measures the negative impact of a given food on the blood-glucose level…

Besides that, honey has several anti-oxidants and has been shown to improve cholesterol and other blood lipid levels…

Research is on to establish the relation between antioxidants in honey and its intake and prevention of cancer, says Dr Khanna. "The more honey you have during a day, it adds to anti-oxidants in the body which combat cells causing cancer."…

Sweet Truths

1 Primarily composed of sugars like glucose and fructose and minerals like magnesium, potassium, calcium, sulphur, iron and phosphate, honey also contains vitamins B1, B2, C, B6, B5 and B3. Copper, iodine and zinc are also present in small quantities

2 Tablespoon of table sugar has 64 calories while a tablespoon of honey has 46 calories

3 Honey and ginger juice is a good expectorant. It helps in colds, cough, sore throat and runny nose

4 To improve eyesight, mix honey with carrot juice. Drink an hour before meals in the morning

5 Natural honey causes a lower rise in blood sugar than refined sugar for Type 2 diabetes patients. A little unprocessed honey may be added in their drinks when they crave some sweetness in their diet.

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