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Honey is the result of an elaboration of flower nectar and other sugary juices that bees suck and transformed during collection and then retain in the hives. To reach the amount of one kilogram of product, the bees must visit two million flowers. One pound of honey is able to develop more than 3000 calories and provides an energy value equivalent to three pounds of beef.

It should be emphasized that, each flower is able to provide a nectar different and, consequently, the honey product is presented with colors, flavors, and different densities. In addition, the ground where a specific type of flower grows, brings several characteristics honey product, such as, for example, various minerals. One of the peculiarities of the honey is to be composed of simple sugars, which are rapidly assimilated by the human body. This means that even a small amount of honey, when ingested, provides an immediate dose of energy to the body. The honey, finally, does not have an expiration as other products, since being a compound of water and sugar is a kind of preservative. Obviously, if poorly maintained, can lose freshness and pleasantness but not ever reveal toxic or harmful to the body.

Honey has a dual nature. The role of bees is crucial in the development of the product: only they can accomplish this amazing work of gleaning, gathering tiny droplets to assemble large quantities of nectar, then turn to a process equally minute and patient. The starting raw material, however, is of vegetable origin and honey finished owes its characteristics, more than any other passage, the nature, characteristics and origin of the initial material. Nectar is a sugary substance that plants produce their own to attract insects, which are so unaware of pollen vectors, the fertilizing element, which is thus transported to other flowers. Different plants give different nectars and here comes the variety of the product. The pollen is collected by bees, but you do not need to process the honey, but as a source of protein for juveniles. In honey pollen is present only in very small quantities, as part accidental.

All honeys origin are in the liquid state, with the lowering of the temperature crystallize many of them also with regard to flowers from which they come. This is a natural process that does not involve changes if not in appearance. Honey can return to liquid when heated in a water bath at a temperature not exceeding 40 °.

prprieta mediche e nutritiveOther starting material for the preparation of the honeydew honey is, in this case, is the same sap of plants, which feed on insects such as aphids and scale insects. The surplus of sugary substance is not used by these insects is recycled from api.Meglio of any other product, honey, makes violent efforts and prolonged. Its assimilation requires no effort on the part of the body because it is a food predigested by the admirable work of the bees, who think to enrich the living enzymes important for assimilation by the body, everything we eat. All those who suffer from digestive disorders, will not they stand to gain in substituting honey for sugar. E 'suitable for gastric ulcer. Honey is particularly recommended in the diet for children is well known for its characteristic mentioned before but also for its ability, unlike sugar, to encourage the establishment of minerals: calcium, magnesium, etc ... essential during growth. Honey has read laxative properties. The constipated will be better off substituting honey for sugar. Acting on the intestinal flora, fights fermentation. Honey applied externally promotes healing of burns and wounds. Honey reduces the irritation of the throat when leaving it melt slowly in your mouth, also owns property that is the plants that produced the initial nectars. A study by Dr. Peter C. Molan, University of Waikato, New Zealand, has shown that honey contains substances that prevent the spread of cariogenic bacteria. The enzymes in honey produce hydrogen peroxide, which has an antibacterial action. Moreover, the honey reduces the amount of acid in the oral cavity, which inhibits the production of dextran (in this way the bacteria are fixed on the surface of the teeth). Honey has also shown a positive effect against periodontal disease and gingivitis. So often eats bread and honey.

Add a little 'honey, preferably dark, to the daily diet, or better to replace other sweetening matter, not only will satisfy our sweet tooth, but we will provide a healthy intake of antioxidants. To confirm this is Heidrun B. Gross, a researcher at the University of California-Davis. The Gross points out that the honey has been known for centuries for the health benefits, and is considered not simply as a sweetener, but as a valuable food to be consumed every day.

prprieta mediche e nutritiveHoney contains, in fact, substances called phenolic compounds that have antioxidant properties, because they fight free radicals, which are byproducts of normal metabolism unstable that damage the arteries and the DNA and can lead to cancer and other diseases.

It is easy to take vitamin supplements containing antioxidants, but Gross advised to look for those same elements in foods that are already part of our diet.

As a result of a study conducted on 25 healthy adult volunteers, Gross and his fellow researchers found that honey can increase the level of antioxidants. For 29 days, participants added 4 tablespoons of buckwheat honey to the daily diet.

The researchers tested two types of buckwheat honey with different amounts of antioxidants. Blood samples taken at the beginning and at the end of the study indicated that the level of total phenolic compounds is increased in both groups of volunteers. Previous research had already shown that a single dose of honey can boost antioxidants, but it is the first time that a study will head everyday use.

The researchers therefore recommend adding 2-4 tablespoons of honey per day to the diet, perhaps replacing other sweeteners that do not provide the same antioxidant intake. It is an amount capable of providing enough antioxidants to boost the immune system. The researcher also recommends honey which to choose. The darker honey has a higher amount of antioxidants, so it is preferable to honey lighter color.

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