HONEY

HONEY

BENEFITS

  • A Source of quick energy.
  • Adds flavor to foods and beverages and improves the shelf life of baked goods.

DRAWBACKS

  • Contains more calories volume for volume than sugar.
  • Contamination with clostridium botulinum spores may be dangerous for babies under a year old

HONEY AS FOOD  : Despite all the claims that honey is a wonder food, its nutritional value is very limited ; honeys are mostly sugars--fructose and glucose, with some sucrose. Some types provide minute amounts of B comples and C vitamins. Honey does contain some antioxidants, however,  mostly polyphenols, but fruits and vegetables are much better sources. Some new studies are looking into the antimicrobial and wound-healing properties of honey.

RISK FOR BABIES

Spores of Clostridium botulinum have been found in about 10 percent of honeys sampled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States. Although not danggerous to adults and older children, infants should not be fed honey because C, botulinum can cause serious illness in the first year of life.

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