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Since ancient times, honey has been used as both a food and a medicine.
It’s very high in beneficial plant compounds and offers several health benefits.
Honey is particularly healthy when used instead of refined sugar, which is 100 percent empty calories.
Here are the top 10 health benefits of honey that are supported by science.
1. Honey Contains Some Nutrients
Honey is a sweet, thick liquid made by honeybees.
Then inside the beehive, they repeatedly consume, digest and regurgitate (“vomit”) the nectar.
The end product is honey, a liquid that is supposed to serve as stored food for the bees. The smell, color and taste depend on the types of flowers the bees visit.
This is what honey typically looks like:
It contains virtually no fiber, fat or protein (2).
It also contains trace amounts (under 1 percent of RDA) of several vitamins and minerals, but you would have to eat many pounds to fulfill your daily requirements.
Bottom Line: Honey is thick, sweet liquid made by honeybees. It is low in vitamins and minerals, but may be high in some plant compounds.
2. High-Quality Honey is Rich in Antioxidants
High-quality honey contains many important antioxidants. These includes phenols, enzymes and compounds like flavonoids and organic acids (5).
Scientists believe that it is the combination of these compounds that gives honey its antioxidant power (5).
Bottom Line: Honey contains a number of antioxidants, including phenolic compounds like flavonoids.