Honey - a valuable product of beekeeping.
At its core it is a nectar processed in the crop of honey bees. There are many classifications of honey. Thus, referring to the plant from which received nectar honey isolated lime, buckwheat, acacia, sweet clover, and others. Less accurate name for the type of land, from which the honey is produced, is also widespread - on them isolated meadow honey, mountain, forest, field and others. They are different colors and flavors.
The consistency of the honey is liquid and crystallized. Liquid honey is fresh, immediately after the evacuation of the cells. It may have varying degrees of viscosity, depending on the amount of water in it, and the ambient temperature. The crystallized honey is produced naturally from the liquid, the rate of formation of sugar crystals depends on the type of honey plant.
Up to 80% of honey comprise carbohydrates - fructose, glucose (monosaccharide) and sucrose. Glucose 31 - 37%, it will likely crystallized. Most honey fructose - fruit sugar, its share is 38 - 43%. Sucrose - the disaccharide, in honey its percentage of small - only 2% as much of this carbohydrate is cleaved by the enzyme invertase into monosaccharides. To maintain such a composition and properties of honey it is not recommended to store more than 1 year.
The benefits of honey
Useful properties of honey defined in its composition vitamin A, C, E, PP, H, B, next trace elements (copper, cobalt, manganese, iron, potassium, etc.), Organic and inorganic acids, aromatic substances, volatile.
This complex composition has on the complex influence of its beneficial properties have long been used in folk medicine recipes. Honey has a positive impact on the work of many internal organs, it stimulates the immune defense of the body, has a bactericidal action. We know about the properties of honey prevent premature aging and restore power.
The use of honey is its tonic, tonic effect on the body. It can be used to treat kidney disease, cardiovascular system, liver and biliary tract, digestive tract, in burns and wounds.
For colds many recipes of traditional medicine based on the use of antiseptic, antibacterial, immunostimulatory properties of honey and sweatshops.
Anti-aging properties of honey used in cosmetics, it is included in the masks, creams for skin care, honey massages. Honey effectively eliminates the increased dryness and flaking of the skin, it delays the liquid reduces wrinkles.
High-calorie honey to quickly recover from a serious illness or strenuous sports competitions. Honey helps to sleep with insomnia.
The use of honey causes tooth decay no less sugar, this contributes to the sticky consistency of the product and its richness in carbohydrates. So after eating honey dentists recommend thoroughly rinse your mouth and brush your teeth better.
The high content of "light" excessive carbohydrate load the pancreas, and can be one of the precipitating factors in the development of diabetes.
Hurt of honey for people with allergic predisposition is justification, because this complex composition with plenty of biologically active substances always contains an admixture of enzymes from the pharyngeal glands of bees and pollen grains. Do Allergy honey is different in severity - from allergic skin rashes to anaphylactic shock.
Caloric honey depending on the grade of from 304 to 415 kcal per 100g of product, these figures describe the product as a high-calorie. Because of the high caloric content of honey they are not recommended to abuse persons with a tendency to be overweight, as in this case, the excess calories turn into fat. The day adult enough to 60-100 g of honey, divided into 4-5 receptions, children's allowable number of the product half.
Experts recommend not to add honey in hot tea, and eat it with a spoon a bit of sugar. Hot water destroys many nutrients that product. In addition, there is evidence about the dangers of honey in hot tea. According to some sources, in this case of the honey produced carcinogens.