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Honey

Also Known As : Shahad, Thene, Then, Thean, Jenu, Madh and Madhu
Technical Name : Apis mellifera

Vegetarian

Taste Profile

Honey is usually sweet but some of the varieties like almond honey have a bitter after taste.

Usage Tips

  1. Honey can be used to make salads, pancakes and granola recipes.
  2. Honey can be used in beverages like cocktails, detox drinks and lemon teas.
  3. Honey can be used to make cakes with citrus fruit syrups.
  4. Store honey in glass jars or bear-shaped plastic containers so it can stay fresh for as long as two years.
  5. Storing honey in refrigerators is the natural way to preserve it for years.
  6. If the honey starts solidifying and forms sugar crystals, just put the container in a bowl or pan with warm water until the crystals dissolve.
  7. Don't store honey in the refrigerator while thawing as it can cause the honey to crystallize.
  8. Look for adulteration of honey before using it. Pure honey is thick and sticks to the surface while impure honey will be runny.

Common names and forms

  1. Certified Organic Raw Honey
  2. Himalayan Forest Honey
  3. Himalayan Pure Honey
  4. Natural Honey
  5. Organic Honey
  6. Organic Raw Wild Forest Honey
  7. Pure Artisinal Honey
  8. Pure Australian Honey
  9. Pure Bee Honey
  10. Pure Honey
  11. Pure Lichee Honey
  12. Pure, Natural Raw Honey
  13. Raw Forest Honey
  14. Raw Honey
  15. Raw Wild Honey
  16. Wildflower Honey

Description

Honey is a sweet liquid made by honeybees using the nectar of flowering plants. Bees store the honey in a wax structure called honeycomb. Honey is basically composed of sugars like glucose and fructose. Depending upon the flowers in the vicinity where the bees carry out honey formation, it can be of two varieties namely: multifloral honey (formed from nectars of many flowers) or monofloral honey (made from the nectar of one flower). The oldest known honey remains were found in Georgia. In the absence of sugar, honey was used as an integral sweetening ingredient in Greek and Roman cuisines. Today China is the largest producer of honey in the World followed by Turkey, Iran, the United States, and Ukraine.

Health benefits

  • Honey contains high-quality antioxidants called flavonoids. Flavonoids have the ability to restrict the growth of cancer cells and acts as a potential anti-cancer agent for prostate, breast, colon and pancreatic cancer.(1)
  • Honey has the ability to prevent the upward flow of undigested food in the stomach. This reduces the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease-like inflammation, acid reflux, and heartburn. (2)
  • Honey is a potential ingredient for treating sore throat and coughs. In fact, the WHO recommends the use of honey as a natural remedy for cough and cold. (2)
  • Honey naturally contains a natural antiseptic called hydrogen peroxide. This component makes honey a great anti-fungal and anti-bacterial compound. (3)
  • Honey acts as a potent probiotic which not only helps in digestion but also promotes bowel health. It has the ability to be effective as a treatment for Helicobacter pylori bacteria which is the main cause of stomach ulcers. (3)

Selection Guide

It is best to buy original honey than the commercial or processed ones. Study the label of the honey pack very carefully as some people might be allergic to certain flower compounds. Thus buying a multifloral honey is not a good idea. Fresh honey appears clear and does not set in layers.

Note

Though honey allergies are rare, it is still a potential allergen. One must be careful while consuming honey as it may cause allergic reactions like rashes, facial welling, nausea, vomiting and anaphylaxis in severe cases. Honey contains a strand of bacteria C botulinum. This may be the potential cause of producing toxins in an infant’s digestive system and lead to infant botulism. Researches don’t recommend the consumption of honey by infants less than a year old. (4)

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