There have been a lot of articles in the news recently commenting on honey and how good it is for you. Honey is a resource that is made naturally and can be incorporated into a variety of everyday uses, such as in tea or coffee, spread on bread, or as a sugar substitute in some recipes.
However, it is essential that we all remember that honey is a form of sugar, and as such, should only be used and ingested in moderation. Adults are cautioned that no more than ten percent of their total daily calories are to be derived from the addition of sugar or natural sugars. These sugars include honey, fruit juices, and syrups—according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
On the other hand, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans set the percentage much lower than that recommended by WHO. Their guidelines put the amount at six percent for an adult’s total daily calorie intake from added sugars or natural sugars, including honey.
For example, if an adult is consuming a 2000 calorie a day diet, then going by WHO, no more than 200 calories are to be obtained from any form of sugars. Whereas, going by the DGA recommendations, that number drops significantly to 120 calories.
With all of this said, if consumed properly, and in the suggest amounts, honey can offer a wealth of health benefits, including:
- Properties of an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory nature
- Suppresses coughing
- Heals wounds and burns
- Heart health
- Regulates blood cholesterol
- Aid in the healing of mouth sores and swollen gums
- Seasonal allergy management, including hay fever
- Boost in athletic performance
- Cold Sore Relief
- Skin and hair health
- Digestion aid
- Asthma relief
- Sunburn relief
It is essential to note that honey is sourced from pollen, and there is a high probability that those individuals with allergies may find themselves experiencing worse symptoms.