3 Surprising Health Benefits of Honey

Since ancient times, honey has been used both for food and medicine.

It’s very high in beneficial plant compounds and offers several health benefits. Honey is particularly healthy when used instead of refined sugar, which is 100% empty calories.

Here are the top 3 health benefits of honey.

 

Honey Contains Nutrients

Nutritionally, 1 tablespoon of honey (21 grams) contains 64 calories and 17 grams of sugar, including fructose, glucose, maltose and sucrose.

Did you know that it contains virtually no fiber, fat or protein?

It also contains trace amounts of several vitamins and minerals, but you would have to eat many pounds to fulfill your daily requirements.

 

High-Quality Honey Is Rich in Antioxidants

Did you know that high-quality honey like ours contains many important antioxidants?

According to scientists believe that the combination of these compounds gives honey its antioxidant power.

Interestingly enough, two studies have shown that in fact buckwheat honey increases the antioxidant value of your blood.

 

Honey Is “Less Bad” Than Sugar for Diabetics

Taking into consideration World Diabetes Day on November 14th, the evidence on honey and diabetes is mixed.

On one hand, you shoule know that it can reduce several risk factors for heart disease common in people with type 2 diabetes.

However, some other studies have found that it can also increase blood sugar levels — just not as much as refined sugar. Of course, this is mainly if you eat a vast amount of honey.

While honey may be slightly better than refined sugar for people with diabetes, it should still be consumed with caution.