When honey can be harmful to the body
Honey has long been perceived as a panacea for if not all, then most of the diseases. It strengthens the immune system, helps fight colds and even strengthens the heart. However, is everything known about the golden viscous delicacy? And can honey harm a person?
Honey: useful properties of the product and its harm
People met the healing power of honey in the ancient world. The excavations of one of the tombs in Egypt testify to this. In it, along with the most valuable things, a pot of honey was found. Since then, the amber delicacy has undergone a detailed study of doctors and scientists. Thanks to this, experts were able to determine the actual benefits of honey and identified the boundaries of its harm.
A little about the benefits
Honey is useful not only for those people who seek to fight diseases. The amber product serves as an excellent prevention against many pathologies. Therefore, it will benefit even a completely healthy person.
Doctors note the following main advantages of honey:
Helps fight bacterial and viral diseases. Honey has anti-inflammatory, antiviral and bactericidal properties. Therefore, it is often included in the comprehensive fight against colds, tonsillitis, pneumonia.
Activates digestion. Amber treat stimulates the salivary glands, provides a mild laxative effect and improves digestion. In addition, honey reduces the severity of inflammation of the gastric mucosa. Therefore, the product is often recommended for diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.
Improves the condition of the urinary system. Honey has a mild diuretic effect. Thanks to this, it has been successfully used to treat kidneys and bladder.
Strengthens the cardiovascular system. The product stimulates blood circulation, improves the state of blood vessels, strengthens the heart. It is useful for cardiological diseases, hypotension, arrhythmias, hypertension.
Strengthens the nervous system. Honey serves as a sedative and slightly hypnotic. Therefore, the product helps in the fight against neurosis, reduces the severity of stress, relieves insomnia.
Increases immunity. Amber treat is useful for chronic fatigue, weakened immunity. It will help in the fight against anemia.
Honey soothes the nervous system
The harm of honey to the body
Despite the many positive properties, honey can harm the body. Therefore, people who decide to improve their health with the help of an amber product are initially advised to consult a doctor.
Doctors advise to remember the following harmful properties of honey.
High calorie content
To get involved in a healing product is not recommended for people who are overweight. Honey is a fairly high-calorie product. In it, depending on the variety, 300-420 kcal per 100 grams. With obesity or a tendency to gain weight, doctors advise to abandon honey or use it in minimal doses.
Honey should not be heated above 45 ° C. Otherwise, a harmful substance is formed in it – oxymethylfurfural. This component can cause the development of cancer of the gastrointestinal tract. Therefore, do not add an amber product to hot tea or coffee.
Homemade honey is much more useful than store honey. An industrial product must be heated before rolling. After all, it can persist for a long time only after passing through high temperatures. This means that store honey necessarily contains oxymethylfurfural.
Honey lovers should remember the dangers of enamel goodies. A sweet, viscous product is able to remain in the mouth (between the teeth) for a long time. This leads to the spread of pathogenic bacteria that destroy enamel. Caries begins to develop.
To protect teeth from decay, dentists recommend rinsing your mouth thoroughly after each use of honey.
Such harm threatens those people who like to eat honey on an empty stomach. A sweet product leads to a sharp increase in blood glucose. A person immediately receives a boost of energy. However, not for long. Honey is a fast carbohydrate. Therefore, the product is not able to give the body energy for a long time.
Tea with honey forms a poisonous substance that leads to cancer of the stomach.
Approximately 20-30 minutes after eating the goodies, a decline in energy begins. Fatigue appears. To protect themselves from a breakdown, doctors advise immediately to start a full breakfast (or lunch, dinner). In this case, honey taken on an empty stomach will provide benefits to the body (protect the mucous membrane of the digestive tract) and do not have time to do harm.
Honey contains a high concentration of natural sugar. Therefore, the product always causes an increase in glucose in the blood. Excessive enthusiasm for an amber treat can lead to the development of diabetes if a person has a genetic predisposition to pathology.
Destruction of the pancreas and digestive tract
Honey taken on an empty stomach can not only strike a blow at the body’s energy resources, but also trigger an inflammatory process in the pancreas.