Honey has a number of potential health benefits and plays a role in many home remedies and alternative medicine treatments.
One tablespoon (20 grams) of honey contains (1Trusted Source): – Calories: 61 – Fat: 0 gram – Protein: 0 gram – Carbs: 17 gram – Fiber: 0 gram – Riboflavin: 1% of the Daily Value (DV) – Copper: 1% of the DV
Honey contains a number of antioxidants, including phenolic acids and flavonoids.
Honey may offer some protective effects related to blood sugar management, but it should still be consumed in moderation, especially by people with type 2 diabetes.
Honey has been linked to beneficial effects on heart health, including reduced blood pressure and blood fat levels. Still, more human research is needed on the topic.
When applied to the skin, honey can be part of an effective treatment plan for burns, wounds, and many other skin conditions. It’s particularly effective for diabetes-related foot ulcers.
For children over 1 year of age, honey can act as a natural and safe cough suppressant. Some studies show that it’s even more effective than certain cough medicines.
You can use honey to sweeten yogurt or beverages, as an ingredient in many recipes, or as a home remedy for minor wounds and coughing. Because honey is sugar, try to limit your intake.