How can you eat honey

Honey - a superfood: liquid gold

The ancient Egyptians referred to honey as "food of the gods" and the natural sweetener is still very popular today. We introduce you to the superfood.

Each of us eats more than a kilogram of honey on average per year! No wonder, after all, honey tastes wonderfully sweet, is used in many dishes and also has healing properties, for example as a remedy for sore throats.

The range of regional honeys is huge. Whoever stands in front of the honey shelf has a large selection: blossom honey or honeycomb honey, dark or light, liquid or solid, mild or do you prefer something stronger?

Different types of honey at a glance:

  • Blossom honey, acacia honey
  • Rapeseed honey, dandelion honey, heather honey, clover honey, sunflower honey
  • Fennel honey, lavender honey, tyhmian honey
  • Sweet chestnut honey, forest honey / honeydew honey
  • Fir honey. Spruce honey, oak honey, buckwheat honey, linden honey

tip: Don't forget that not all honey comes from a trustworthy and environmentally sustainable source. Therefore, always pay attention to the label when shopping! This tells you where the honey was obtained and made. It is best to buy honey directly from a beekeeper in your region.

Honey: origin and history

Honey is made from the nectar of plant flowers that hard-working bees suck out of them. The nectar is then stored in the honeycomb, where it matures into honey. To produce 30 grams of honey, a bee flies to up to 1,500 plant flowers. In order to produce a whole kilogram of honey, a worker bee even flies a distance on its collection tours that is equivalent to four times around the world!

As in many other areas, the ancient Egyptians were way ahead of the other peoples of their time - also when it came to honey extraction. Thousands of years ago, the ancient Egyptians bred bees to offer their honey to their gods.

But not only in ancient Egypt, also on the British Isles, honey was produced many thousands of years ago, which is why they were also known as the "Honey Islands of Beli".

Around 400 BC Finally, Hippocrates got a taste for it and taught that ointments made from honey would lower fever and that honey water improved the performance of athletes in the ancient Olympic Games. And in Europe too, honey was traded for a long time as an exchange for goods.

Honey is healthy!

Although there is little scientific evidence about the medical effects of honey, the natural product contains many different nutrients as well as trace elements, vitamins and minerals, which is why it strengthens the immune system and can thus promote the healing process.

In addition, honey has a moisturizing and anti-inflammatory effect and, thanks to its high phosphorus content, has a calming effect on the mind and soul. A real superfood!

Because of its different sugar compounds and fruit acids, honey also has a positive effect on coughs and sore throats. When dissolved in a cup of warm tea or a glass of milk, honey soothes a sore throat and cough. However, it is important not to let the honey get too hot! If honey is heated too much, it loses many of its health-promoting ingredients.

In addition, impeccable quality is crucial for the effectiveness of the bee product. In addition, the active properties can differ depending on the type of honey, as the composition of the natural product fluctuates.

How much honey is healthy?

Three tablespoons of honey a day is a good guideline for most healthy adults. However, toddlers under one shouldn't eat honey. Since honey is not heated to a high temperature, the natural product can contain bacterial residues that are dangerous for small children.

What about the calories?

The nutritional information in the following table is based on the Federal Food Code 3.02 and relates to 100 grams of honey.

Nutritional value

Quantity per 100g

energy

306 kcal / 1283 kJ

water

24.32 g

protein

0.38 g

fat

0 g

carbohydrates
of which sugars

75.07 g
73.57 g

Fiber

0 g

Minerals

0.22 g

Honey as a remedy: what honey can do

  • Clean wounds!
    Honey is a natural antiseptic. It has antimicrobial properties and can prevent infections.
  • Fight Acne!
    Because the honey can curb infections, it promotes the healing process for acne. Simply dab some honey on stubborn acne pustules.
  • Lip balm!
    Applied as a lip balm, honey can develop its healing properties on chapped and chapped lips. We provide you with a recipe for honey lip balm.
  • Relieve Burns!
    Against slight burns, it helps to rub the affected area with a thin layer of honey and cover it with a damp cloth.
  • Hair treatments!
    Honey gives the hair new shine if it is massaged into the ends of the hair and left in for a quarter of an hour. Then wash the hair thoroughly.
  • Calm the stomach!
    Against a rebellious stomach, drinking a cup of tea with ginger and a spoonful of honey helps. A teaspoon of honey, consumed pure, can alleviate indigestion.
  • Mitigate hay fever!
    Who daily fresh and local Honey can be immunized piece by piece against the allergens from the region.

Manuka honey: the sweet medicine

Although the Maori have been using Manuka honey as a means of treating their sick for ages, the rest of the world discovered this type of honey relatively late. The Manuka honey is only produced in New Zealand and in small regions of Australia and is obtained from the flowers of the New Zealand myrtle. The Maori also call the shrub "Manuka", hence the colloquial name of "Manuka Honey".

The composition and effect of this type of honey is just as unique as its occurrence. The Manuka honey is characterized by a particularly high methyglyoxal content (MGO) and thus a particularly good quality. It is not uncommon in Germany that the labels on the jars are marked with information on the effectiveness of the honey (8+, 10+, 13+, etc.). Here gitl: The higher the number, the stronger the antibiotic effect of the honey.

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