Facts about Honey and Health Benefits of Honey
For centuries the Chinese, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and Middle Eastern people have used honey for various purposes. Even back then, they knew that other than using it for culinary, honey has medicinal and healing benefits. And it was also used for religious offerings, during celebrations and a medium to pay taxes and debts.
Honey contains more than 180 different substances. Among them are water, fructose, glucose, maltose, sucrose, magnesium, potassium, calcium, vitamins B1, B2, C. Honey contains more nutrients than sugar and water soluble antioxidant content. It also contains beta carotene. It is acidic but is easily digested.
Now, honey is produced in big scale in China, Argentina, Canada, the United States, Germany and Mexico. It takes 50,000 bees to produce 500 pounds of honey. The different nectars the bees ingest will produce different varieties of honey. There are more than 300 different types of honey in the United States alone.
It is called clover honey because the bees ingest the nectar from clover plants. Depending on the type of clover the bees gathered, the honey is white in color to medium amber. Honeys produced from clover normally have a mild pleasing taste.
Blueberry honey is made from the tiny white flowers of the blueberry bush. It is a full flavored honey that is light amber in color. Most blueberry honey comes from New England and Michigan.
This honey comes from a combination of citrus flowers and has a slight citrus taste and a light amber color.
Alfalfa honey is produced in Canada and the U.S. It is produce from the purple blossoms of the Alfalfa plant. It is light in color and has both a mild taste and aroma.
Some other types of honey are acacia, buckwheat, fireweed, soybean and tupelo honeys.
Other than the above mentioned health benefits of honey, it is also used as a laxative, treatments for skin problems and urine retention.
While there are many benefits of honey and is considered safe to use by almost all people, it has been found unsafe for children under a year old. It can cause botulism or loss of muscle function due to the presence of botulism spores in honey. It is also not recommended to consume honey while you are taking antibiotics.