Diet

Honey Benefits and Side Effects

Overview

Honey is a viscous sweetener made from the nectar of flowers by honeybees. It is composed of many sugars like fructose and glucose, minerals like phosphate, iron, sulphur, chlorine, sodium, calcium, potassium and magnesium, vitamins such as B6, B5, B3, B2, B1 and C trace elements like zinc, iodine and copper as well as some amino acids has. Honey acts as an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, and is said to have healing properties. While honey offers benefits to your health, it does have some side effects. This article discusses the benefits and side effects associated with honey.

Benefits and Side Effects of Honey

Potential Benefits of Honey
  • Anti-fungal and antibacterial agent.
  • Disinfect and speed up the healing process of burns, scrapes and wounds.
  • May increase protective antioxidants in the body. These antioxidants combat free radicals that damage the cells helping to prevent chronic illness such as cancer.
  • Decrease insomnia.
  • Beautify the skin.
  • Diminish acne.
  • Improve digestion.
Side Effects of Honey
  • It is not recommended for infants under one year of age. Honey may contain C. botulinum spores, which can make infants very ill.

References

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=96

http://kidshealth.org/parent/pregnancy_newborn/feeding/honey_botulism.html

3 responses to Honey Benefits and Side Effects

  1. joy said on July 13, 2011

    I am glad I read this site. I have a 9 months old baby and I have in the past 1 week being giving him honey to treat his cough. Now I know better to discontinue.

  2. It is good that we now understand the benefit and side effects of honey especially to babies. The benefits are so good for grown-up people. Personally I like honey.

  3. Honey is a very wonderful power food from mother nature, You get a lot benefits from it, just make sure you use all natural and pure Honey and not the fake ones. Thanks for sharing this article. :)

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