Honey is far more than a natural sweetener. It is gluten free. Honey is a popular addition to many diets, but it’s been shown to have certain effects beyond the culinary. Raw honey is used by many as a treatment for allergies and for its antibacterial properties; however, many experts warn against ingesting raw, unpasteurized honey because it could pose certain health dangers for the consumer. Researchers at the University of Florida also report some of the supposed health benefits of raw honey are not necessarily reputable.
The Danger Effect:
Not everyone is suited for taking a raw honey. The National Institutes of Health report you should never consume raw honey in order to prevent food poisoning, particularly if you are already immunocompromised. It’s especially dangerous to give raw honey to infants under the age of one. According to MayoClinic.com, giving raw honey to infants may cause infant botulism, a rare but serious gastrointestinal sickness caused by exposure to bacterial spores. Infant botulism can be life-threatening.
Health benefits of honey:
- It is a “functional food”, which means it is a natural food with health benefits. It contains natural antioxidants, enzymes and minerals including iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and selenium.
- Anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal.
- Cough suppressant
- Immune system booster
- Heals ulcers
- Heals wounds
- Rejuvenates skin
- Aids sleep and boost memory
- Lowers cholesterol
One of the simple basic detox drinks for a raw honey is mixing with a green tea or ginger tea. You can also add with cayenne pepper, turmeric, cinnamon or an apple cider vinegar. You can drink this in cold or a hot water.