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Monday, November 28, 2016

Functional Food Series, Part 3: Honey, Nature's Golden Elixir

Welcome to the third part in my functional food series. If you missed the first two, you can find Tumeric here and Apple Cider Vinegar here.

The use of honey by humans has a history that spans back at least 10,000 years. Originally, it was gathered from wild hives that were sought out through definite peril.


The earliest recorded "apiaries" can be credited to the ancient Egyptians. During that time hives were made out of old tree trunks and logs to imitate wild hives. Since that time, honey has been studied through extensive methods by a variety of scientists and health professionals to substantiate the claims of benefits associated with it.


The list of benefits include preventing heart disease and cancers, blood sugar regulation, reducing ulcers, reducing and eliminating throat irritations, probiotic, antibacterial, antifungal, and it aids in healing burns and wounds. That is a very comprehensive list of abilities!

So, if you want to incorporate the benefits of honey into your life, consider using it as a sweetener in hot tea, yogurt, smoothies, and hot and cold cereals. You can mix it with peanut butter and spread it on crackers or even drizzle it on oatmeal bars.
These are just a few ideas to get you started.


Do you use honey daily? Were you aware of the benefits of honey?

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