Episode #1 of the course “Superfoods you should know about”
An amazing natural product made by bees from the nectar of flowers, honey has been used for centuries not only as food but also as a home remedy for many medical ailments and injuries. It is thought that honey never spoils or goes bad. With age, it may dry and become crystallized, but it can be brought back to a usable state with correctly applied heat. Jars of honey dating as far back as 5,000 years have been found in the tombs of pharaohs in the Egyptian pyramids; they are believed to still be useable.
Honey does not have many natural nutrients, although many types of honey do contain some traces of minerals depending on the plants they are produced from. Some types may also contain some fiber or protein; however, honey is mostly a product of natural sugars.
Because it is so high in natural sugars, honey is often used in cooking and baking as an alternative to processed sugar. Some home remedies for coughs suggest adding honey to warm tea or water, especially for children who may be sensitive to cough syrups and medications. It can also be used to sweeten children’s medicine. For minor injuries, cuts, and burns, honey has long been used to treat wounds, as it has natural antiseptic properties. However, it is not recommended as a long-term remedy or a replacement for modern medical care.
Some people also believe that consuming locally-produced honey can help people who suffer from seasonal allergies to local plant life; it is thought that the limited intake of honey made from these pollens can help allergy sufferers build an immunity to the plant pollen causing the allergy. While research varies and results show that honey can be helpful for some ailments, scientists are still studying this ancient natural wonder to discover all the ways it can be useful to people.
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