Honey has health benefits and provides nutritional value when eaten in doses of 50 to 80 grams, according to a 2008 article published in the "Journal of the American College of Nutrition." The contaminants found in conventional honey could pose health risks, but eating honey in its organic form allows you to enjoy the health benefits of honey without these contaminants. Though it's mostly carbs, honey also contains some proteins, amino acids, enzymes, vitamins, minerals and trace elements.
Benefits of Organic Honey
A study published in "Scientific World Journal" in 2012 found that conventional, nonorganic honey is contaminated with pesticides, heavy metals, antibiotics, microbial bacteria and radioactive materials. However, honey that is certified organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture cannot contain any pesticides, antibiotics or other synthetic ingredients. By eating organic honey, you can avoid such contaminants.
Benefits of Honey
According to the National Honey Board, honey provides 17 grams of carbohydrates per tablespoon. Your muscles use carbs as fuel. Honey can provide a quick energy boost before or during a workout or sports event and can give your muscles energy to recover afterward. Honey is also a natural sweetener for foods and drinks. It's been historically used for stress, fatigue, weakness, insomnia, soar throat and coughing in Ayurveda, which is India's traditional medical system. A study published in the "Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine" in 2007 found that compared to the cough medicine dextromethorphan and the control, honey lessened the severity and frequency of coughing in children with respiratory infections.
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- US Department of Agriculture: Organic Agriculture
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- Journal of the American College of Nutrition: Honey for Nutrition and Health: A Review