Honey: Top 6 benefits of the liquid gold

Author Pallavi Sawant Last Updated: Saturday, 17 December 2016 (14:19 IST)
has been known as a natural sweetener for centuries before sugar got popular. The sweet nectar has been widely acknowledged for its nutritional as well as medicinal benefits. The health benefits of honey can be equated to the vast therapeutic powers a pot of liquid gold can hold.

Over 60,000 are needed to make one pound of organic raw honey. The nutritional benefits depend on the types of honey. One tbsp of raw honey contains 64 calories. It is cholesterol free, fat free and sodium free. It is made of 80% carbohydrates, 18% water, vitamins and minerals. Raw honey is the unpasteurized version of the final product which differs only in its filtration that helps in improving its shelf life.

1) Treats wounds

Honey was used in treatment of wounds and infections until penicillin was used. The benefits of raw honey is coming back in fashion for fighting skin infections due to its antimicrobial and antifungal properties.
2) Excellent for treating cough

A spoonful of honey can help you soothe those pesky colds and cough. In fact, the World Health Organization has identified honey as an effective demulcent - a substance which relieves mouth and throat irritation by forming a film over the surface.

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