A cave painting in the historical
A cave painting in the historical city of Valencia, Spain suggests that honey hunting and collection started more than 8,000 years ago, and 5000-year old honey remains were also found in Georgia. And until now, honey is used in rituals and culinary and therapeutic purposes. Last 2012, the world has produced 1,260,229 metric tons of honey, with China, Turkey and the South American country, Argentina. Mexico is also a big manufacturer, delivering at least 4% of the world’s honey supply.
The sugars in honey undergo dehydration to prevent fermentation. Enzymes are added to change its chemical makeup and pH. Glucose and fructose are produced by hydrolyzation of sucrose caused by digestive acids and invertases. Honey bees will then convert the sugars into honey through regurgitation until it becomes partially digested. Evaporation will occur until the water content is reduced to a certain level, followed by enzymatic transformation.
* Even during the ancient times honey is already being used as a treatment to rashes, sore throats, coughs and other symptoms of allergy. Some professionals in the field of naturopathic medicine recommend honey for its anti-inflammatory effects. A theory says that honey may serve as some kind of a natural vaccine. Being exposed to small quantities of pollen repeatedly may prompt a series of immune response that could lead to production of antibodies. The buildup should make your body adapted to the presence of allergens, bring about fewer allergic reactions.
* Honey is an abundant source of energy; with 100g you can get 304 kilocalories. And all of it is natural. The sugars within this food (glucose and fructose) are not processed so they are directly absorbed in the intestines and provide an instant energy boost.
* Antioxidants prevent the loss of electron/s that could result to a series of free-radical producing reactions. This sweet food is packed with antioxidants that have shown a potential in inhibiting cellular damage that could result to poor memory and coordination. Hence, it may be effective in slowing down the progress of dementia.
* Honey contains calcium, a mineral that is extremely crucial for bone growth and development. It is recommended for people who don’t drink milk or eat dairy products to cover up their body’s calcium need. This mineral also plays an important role in muscle contraction and homeostasis.
* Vitamin C in honey can help speed up wound healing because this vitamin is needed for collagen synthesis. Collagen is a constituent of skin tissues; therefore it is needed for wound closure.
* Research show that honey can trigger than release of the neurotransmitter believed to be responsible for happiness called serotonin. This neurotransmitter is converted to melatonin, the hormone that controls length and quality of sleep, by the body. So honey is ideal for those who are having sleepless nights.
* 100g of this sweet nectar has 52mg of potassium, an electrolyte that regulates the fluid content of cells and has a vital function in muscle contraction. To avoid muscle weakness one must get enough potassium from his diet.