Scientists have discovered what two spoons of honey a day do to the body
New research has shown that honey can improve blood sugar and cholesterol levels. This study was published in the scientific journal "Nutrition Reviews", and it was conducted by scientists from the University of Toronto.
The researchers focused on 18 different controlled trials that included more than 1.110 subjects and lasted an average of about two months. They wanted to determine what and how much influence honey has on cardiovascular metabolic risk factors.
The results showed that honey has a positive effect on heart health, that is, it has a favorable effect on blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
Participants generally consumed about two teaspoons of honey per day, but raw honey was found to provide far more benefits. On the other hand, processed honey is not as effective when it comes to benefits for the body. Otherwise, raw honey is honey that is absolutely natural, unprocessed, unpasteurized, unfiltered, without any subsequent processing.
"These results are surprising, considering that honey is approximately 80 percent sugar. But honey is also a complex composition of sugars, proteins, organic acids and other common and rare bioactive compounds that are very useful for health," concluded the researchers who conducted the study.
"Honey is rich in antioxidants that are good for heart health. It contains flavonoids that have the ability to prevent the formation of blood clots, but also phenolic compounds that reduce the risk of heart disease and protect cells from oxidative stress," says nutritionist Catherine Hervasio.
She added that raw honey has not undergone any processing methods, which is why it retains more nutrients and antioxidants than processed honey.
"Eating honey in its most natural state is the best option," says Catherine.
Experts say one to two tablespoons of raw honey a day is enough to get the nutrients you need for good health.