A new study found that honey consumption was linked to lower fasting blood sugar levels.
They also found that eating honey was also linked to lower levels of total cholesterol and triglycerides.
Clover honey and unprocessed raw honey appeared to be particularly beneficial for improving blood sugar control and lipid levels.
A new review of the research suggests that honey may improve cardiometabolic health, in addition to being a natural sweetener that doesn't go bad if collected and stored properly.
Overall cholesterol and triglyceride levels were also found to be reduced in those who consumed honey, and the scientists noted improvements in glycemic control when fasting. Possible health benefits include a lower chance of developing diabetes or cardiovascular disease.
Antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals can all be found in honey
In addition to the natural sugars (mostly glucose and fructose) that make up the bulk of honey, there are a number of additional compounds present in honey that may also have an impact on cardiometabolic health.
Water, pollen, vitamins, minerals (including potassium and magnesium), and antioxidants are all found in honey. In addition, it contains a few phytonutrients including flavonoids, which may contribute to its positive cardiometabolic effects.
Additionally, honey has prebiotic qualities, meaning it feeds the good bacteria already present in your digestive tract. The risk of developing some diseases may be decreased by maintaining a healthy bacterial balance in the gut.
Honey in its raw form has greater nutritional value
Many essential elements can be found in raw honey.
It contains a wide variety of vitamins, enzymes, and minerals, and is estimated to have 22 amino acids. However, the nutrients are present only in extremely minute quantities
The fact that raw honey contains over 30 different bioactive plant components is particularly amazing. Polyphenols are a type of antioxidant that protect cells from damage
Numerous studies have found that these antioxidants have beneficial health effects, such as lowering inflammation and protecting against cardiovascular disease and several malignancies
On the flip side, commercial honey may have fewer antioxidants than raw honey due to processing.
One study, for instance, compared the antioxidant levels of market-bought raw honey to those of processed honey. Raw honey, they discovered, had up to 4.3% more antioxidants than its refined counterpart.
However, comparative research between the two categories is scarce. The impact of processing on the antioxidants in honey is unclear, although further research is needed in this area.
Common honey typically lacks pollen
Bees travel from blossom to flower, collecting pollen and nectar.
When the bees return to the hive, they store the nectar and pollen in honeycombs to use as a food source.
Including vitamins, amino acids, vital fatty acids, micronutrients, and antioxidants, bee pollen has more than 250 components.
Significant health advantages have been associated with consuming bee pollen. Research suggests it has anti-inflammatory and liver-boosting properties. Potentially beneficial qualities include protection against cardiovascular disease and stroke
Unfortunately, processing methods like heat treatment and ultrafiltration can remove bee pollen.
One unofficial study analyzed 60 samples of commercial honey brands in the US and discovered that over 75% of all samples contained no pollen.
It's Possible That Some Common Types of Honey Contain Sugar or Other Sweeteners
People today are consuming more honey than ever because of its immunity booster properties to protect themselves against COVID-19. But, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) India, has found that almost all brands of honey being sold in Indian markets are adulterated with sugar syrup.
Because honey is so popular, it’s hard to meet this high demand from local suppliers alone. There is a serious concern worldwide about regular honey being contaminated with sugar or other sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup.
Raw and regular honey differ mainly in how they are processed. Raw honey contains pollen, may be more nutritious and does not have any added sugars or sweeteners, both of which may be present in commercial honey.