While I am aware that honey is not vegan, I feel that the health benefits of honey are too numerous to eliminate it from my diet. Dating back to over 5,000 years ago, honey is the world’s oldest sweetener. This natural sweetener is famous for more than just its great taste. Honey is recognized for its antioxidant qualities that make it an immunity-boosting food.
Honey even has antiviral and antibacterial capabilities to help your body fight disease. It can be applied to burns and cuts; its antiseptic qualities will inhibit bacteria from growing and keep the wound clean from infection. Honey promotes healing and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. It soothes sore throats and reduces coughing. Next time you feel a cold coming on, take a spoonful of honey to reduce the inflammation that causes a sore throat.
Honey is also a natural energy booster and helps to reduce muscle fatigue during exercise. Have some honey in your tea or spread some on toast to get an energy boost with you breakfast in the morning. You can even try taking a spoonful of honey before your next workout to increase your endurance!
I even read that honey can help cure hangovers! The natural sugar, fructose, in honey speeds up the oxidation of alcohol by the liver thus having a sobering effect on the body. So the next time you wake up feeling sub-par due to the night before, try mixing some honey into your breakfast tea or yogurt to get you feeling fabulous again!
How do you incorporate honey into your diet? My favorite way to enjoy honey is in a piping hot cup of tea! However, tonight I am making Honey-Glazed Tofu for a chance in pace, stay tuned!