Honey is a unique natural product, healthy delicacy and medicine. Honey is called the product of the life of bees, which collect nectar from flowering plants, honey plants, digest it in the goiter, where cane sugar, reacting with saliva, partially turns into grape, and is isolated into honeycombs for further maturation. Humanity knows and uses honey from deep antiquity, as there are numerous proofs in historical sources (calorizator). At present, large farms and small apiaries are engaged in collecting honey, where honey is produced in the same way as thousands of years ago.
The product is a thick, viscous liquid, most often transparent, with time the honey crystallizes. The color of honey is different, it is almost white with a light yellowness, to red-brown color. Honey has a high sweetness, a pleasant specific aroma and taste, which depend on the type of honey.
The caloric content of honey is 329 kcal per 100 grams of product (each type and grade of honey has its own caloric content, the average figure is given in the article).
The composition and beneficial properties of honey
Honey in its chemical composition contains almost the entire table of D. Mendeleev, it contains micro- and macronutrients that are vital to humans: potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, copper and manganese, iron, chlorine and sulfur, iodine, chromium, fluorine , molybdenum, boron and vanadium, tin and titanium, silicon, cobalt, nickel and aluminum, phosphorus and sodium. Due to the presence of iron and manganese, honey is extremely useful for increasing the level of hemoglobin in the blood, because these minerals play a key role in blood formation. The product is rich in vitamins, it includes: B vitamins (B1, B2, B5, B6, B9), C, H, nicotinic acid and biotin. Honey contains enzymes, phytoncides and natural sugars. Honey is completely absorbed by the body, giving a maximum of nutrients.
The great healer of antiquity, Avicenna, considered honey as a product of longevity, prescribed it for ingestion for digestive disorders and inflammatory processes in the nasopharynx, and for external use as a wound healing and antibacterial agent. In addition, the sedative properties of honey are known, it calms the nervous system and is an excellent remedy for insomnia. Honey has a slight laxative effect, expectorant properties, does not irritate the gastric mucosa, therefore, it is suitable for people with diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Honey treat stomatitis, bad breath, cracks in the lips. Honey is useful for the prevention and treatment of certain eye diseases (in particular, cataracts), is a product that improves immunity. When heated, the useful qualities of honey disappear, so it is preferable to use it in its natural form, and, adding to warm drink, put it at the very last moment before taking it.
Honey is a strong allergen, can cause eye redness, itching and rashes. Honey should be given with care to children, especially those who have not reached the age of three. In any case, two or three spoons of honey (tea children, adults can have dessert or canteens) per day are enough to not harm the figure due to the high caloric content of the product and get the maximum benefit.
How to choose honey
Natural quality honey is best purchased in stores where there is a guarantee that honey is not diluted with water or sugar syrup. In the markets and fairs of honey, you can use the old “old-fashioned” method of checking the naturalness of honey – drop a chemical pencil in a drop of honey or drop iodine. If the color has changed to blue-violet, it means that there are unnecessary additives in honey, and there is practically no benefit. Real honey after harvesting is always liquid, heavy (a liter jar of honey weighs