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There are many reasons you should be including honey in your diet. Honey contains flavonoids and antioxidants. We all know those help reduce the risk of certain cancers and heart disease. That should be reason enough, but there are actually many more!
We have been watching a lot of Winnie The Pooh with our 2 year old around here. And so trying to come up with fun ways to let him include honey in his meals has been great. I love knowing that honey is antibacterial. The bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide, how cool is that? Honey can also help with coughs. Studies have shown honey is just as effective as dextromethorphan in relieving coughs at night. Even though honey contains sugar, its not the same as white sugar. It actually helps the body regulate blood sugar levels. Some honeys even have a low hypoglycemic index so they don't rock your sugar levels. Ancient olympic athletes would eat honey to help their performance. This has actually been verified in modern studies showing honey helps you maintain your glycogen levels and recover faster than other sweeteners.
So yeah, honey is pretty much natures superior sugar. Looks like we'll be fighting off Winnie The Pooh for our next sweet treat.
How do you use honey in your diet?