Does honey have healing properties or is it a myth?
Gastronom.ru asked one of the main experts in honey in our country to answer this question.
Alexander Faramazyan, Chairman of the Society for the Protection of Consumer Bee Products Apigard: “Honey, of course, is useful … But what is its use — this is what scientists cannot figure out until now.”
Does honey improve immunity?
Alexander Farmazyan: Honey is a set of sugars that are quickly absorbed by the body.
They are instantly absorbed into the blood, releasing large amounts of energy, but unspent energy can accumulate as fat.
Honey is simple sugars: glucose, fructose and many other sugars that are not found in other products in this set.
By releasing energy, the action of honey can be compared to a drip when glucose is injected into the blood.
In addition, honey has a good set of micro and macro elements, some amino acids.
Gastronom.ru: From this point of view, honey really improves immunity, but only for those with whom it is weakened by a lack of body weight, rigid diets, chronic diseases associated with weight loss.
Honey helps for colds?
Alexander Farmazyan: If you drink honey with hot tea, the honey will have diaphoretic properties.
However, the same effect will be from raspberry jam.
Honey contains vitamins?
Alexander Farmazyan: There are vitamins C, E, A, H in honey. But in quantities insufficient to satisfy the daily need of the body: you would have to eat a pound of honey a day, not a spoon or two.
Is diastase that we get with honey good for health?
Alexander Farmazyan: The man himself produces diastase, in saliva it is contained ten times more than in honey. Diastasis contained in honey cannot have any positive effect on the human body.
No country in the world is judged on the usefulness of honey by the content of diastase.
Especially when you consider that diastase is just an enzyme that helps the body break down starch into simple sugars, that is, to accelerate the absorption of starch-containing food.
Does honey have antibacterial properties?
Alexander Farmazyan: Honey is a concentrated solution of sugars, and bacteria do not multiply in it. However, they also do not multiply in boiled jam, in which there is very little water. But some varieties of honey (for example, buckwheat) inhibit the growth of the bacterium Helicobacter Pilori, which causes ulcers of the stomach and duodenum.
This is proven by clinical trials conducted by the Apis Analytical Center in cooperation with the Swedes. The champion for antibacterial action is honey from the tea tree Manuka honey, which is produced in New Zealand. Another thing is that scientists still can not explain what exactly is the cause of the antibacterial activity of honey.
Phytoncides in honey are indeed found, but their content is not so great that it can be explained.
So is honey good for your health? The question is open.
Not harmful — that’s for sure.
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