Honey is the sweet residue produced by honeybees.
It is said to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and is considered a natural healing remedy.
It is advised that you do not give honey to infants because of the risk of botulism.
It can affect the immature intestinal tracks of the infants.
Honey is mainly used as a food source and in cooking, baking and desserts.
It is also added to breakfast cereals and various beverage as sweeteners.
Honey is the main ingredient in the alcoholic beverage mead.
Honey has been used to treat skin lesions, burns and wounds due to its antibacterial properties, but it’s not advised to use honey in the treatment of serious burns.
Honey is also commonly used to treat coughs.
A warm tea made of honey and lemons is commonly used to treat coughs.
Honey gets its sweetness from the mono-saccharides fructose and glucose, and is as sweet as granulated sugar.
The nutrients that are found in honey are carbohydrates, sugars, dietary fiber, fat and protein.
It also contains the vitamins B2, B3, B5, B6, B9 and C.
Trace minerals Calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc.
The sugars found in honey can be further broken down into fructose, glucose, maltose and sucrose.
Photo by artur84. Published on 24 March 2013
Stock photo – Image ID: 100150125