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Raw Honey - Natural Antibiotic

 Honey is a sweet food made by bees using nectar collected from flowers - the type of honey consumed by people is made by honey bees (Apis genus).

Used as a sweetener in foods and drinks - has a distinctive flavor. 1 teaspoon of honey contains 22 calories.

Honey can contain dormant bacterial endospores of Clostridium botulinum, which can be harmful to infants < 1 year old - since the spores can transform into toxin-producing bacteria in an infant's immature GI tract

Honey should be used in moderation to prevent its sugar content elevating INSULIN levels -possibly causing:

✔  Overweight

✔  High blood pressure

✔  High blood cholesterol

✔  Diabetes

Raw honey contents

Typical raw honey contains:

Water 17%
Natural Sugars (TOTAL)  79.4%
Fructose 38.2%
Dextrose (Glucose) 31.3%
Maltose 7.1%
Sucrose 1.3%
Other Sugars 1.5%

1 tsp.honey contains 4 g fructose - since it is advisable to limit overall daily fructose intake to ~ 25g, you should therefore consume honey in moderation

Minerals - E.g. magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium, chlorine, sulphur, phosphate and trace minerals copper, iron, chromium, manganese, selenium.

Vitamins - depending on the quality of the nectar and pollen: B1, B2, C, B6, B5 and B3.

Pollen - rich in antioxidants, protein and enzymes

Flavonoid antioxidants - can neutralize oxygen radicals:

✔  Pinocembrin (possibly unique to honey)

✔  Pinostrobin -supports enzyme acitivity


Honey as a topical antibacterial agent for treatment of infected wounds

"Health Benefits Of Honey". Bees-Online:An Educational web site about Honey Bees and Beekeping.


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