Health effects of honey
There is much debate about the benefits of honey. It is not exactly clear how healthy honey is, but it has been proven conclusively that it contains health-promoting properties. By the way, there is hardly anyone who claims that honey is unhealthy, so consuming honey is recommended without risk. However, honey remains a very concentrated product, with a high percentage of sugars. It is therefore wise to use this in moderation.
Honey is often associated with health-promoting properties. For example, honey contains an antibacterial effect for more than 50 types of bacteria. In other words, honey can cause bad bacteria to be pushed out of your body. This is scientifically proven.
Honey can also be used against a sore throat. A mixture of lemon juice and honey is very suitable for this. The honey has a soothing effect on the sore throat and the antibacterial effect also ensures that the infection is made harmless.
A combination of honey and milk can help against sleeping problems. This combination has a relaxing effect, so you will have a better night’s sleep.
Honey can also be used in the treatment of open wounds and light burns. This is because honey has a hygroscopic property. This means with a difficult word that honey is water attracting. In this way, moisture is extracted from the air by the honey. This property is important when treating open wounds. The wound remains moist longer and the presence of a scar is thereby reduced. Finally, even chronic wound infections can be prevented and cured.
Watch out with a honey allergy
Unfortunately, there are some people who respond very badly to honey consumption. How intense this reaction is depends on the degree of how much someone is allergic to honey. This allergic reaction is often caused by the pollen in the honey. The reaction can also be the result of a protein that remains in the honey by the honeybee.
How do you know if you are allergic? Often people who are sensitive to pollen and / or bee stings are also sensitive to honey consumption. The symptoms are usually: itching all over the body, itchy throat, red rash, swollen tongue and lips, a runny nose and much sneezing.
Benefits of honey consumption in babies
Babies under one year old should not eat honey. This is because the gastrointestinal tract is not yet fully developed. Honey can contain traces of the bacterium “Clostridium botulinum”, normally harmless, but it is for babies up to one year old. These can grow into bacteria in the baby’s undeveloped intestinal flora. They then produce harmful substances that can even lead to muscle weakness and paralysis. From one year on, everyone can eat honey without any problems.