Honey : Its Value Added Products for Human Health

Honey : Its Value Added Products for Human Health
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Honey : Its Value Added Products for Human Health

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Publisher: Agrotech Publications
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PREFACE
Lore and legend have endowed honey with unique nutritional and health giving qualities. It has been hailed as an aphrodisiac and elixir of youth. Honey is produced by bees from plant nectar and is a mixture of water and two simple sugars fructose and glucose. The clearer the honey, the higher the proportion of fructose, although honey will almost always granulate, if it is kept long enough. Heating it will make it running again. Honey supplies negligible amounts of nutrients, but its tiny nutrient content does make is a slightly healthier option than refind white sugar, which contains noting but empty calories. In fact, weight for weight honey contains fewer calories than sugar - 288 as opposed to 394 per 100 g 3 12 oz because one quarter of it is water in recipes, it is worth remembering that because it is denser, one tablespoon of honey weights more than one tablespoon of sugar, so that substituting by volume rather than by weight would give your more calories. The flavour of honey depends on which flowers the bees have visited. Acacia honey is mild and suitable for cooking while chestnut honey has a distinctive, almost bitter taste. Honey can contain naturally occurring toxins from plants. Bees that collect pollen from rhododerdrons, for example can produce a Aoxic honey that can cause
paralysis if eaten. There has also been some concern over pyrrolizidine al-kaliods in honey made by bees that have foraged on regwort. Honey still retains its reputation as a remedy for chest complaints, particularly for removing phelgm. It also has antiseptic properties the ancient Greeks and Romans believed that it could help to heal wounds and it is claimed that it acts as a mild sedative in the same way as sugar. A drink for sore throats can be made by adding two teaspoons of honey and the juice of half a lemon to a glass of hot water. All sweet foods stimulate the brain to produce endorphins, which are the body s natural painkillers. The sweet ened liquid also encourages the production of saliva, which helps to soothe a dry and irritated throat. Honey has featured in religious festivals through out the world as a food fit for the gods. Long before beekeeping was introduced stone age man valued honey from wild bees for its variety as well as for its taste. In England, honey was the ordinary people s weetener until the middle of the 17th century while sugar was reserved for the nobility and the gentry. However by the late 17th century, sugar was becoming the universal sweeteres and honey the treat hence the rhyms the Queen