Honey has long been used as a natural sugar substitute. It has also been used as a natural cough suppressant for eons. Honey also has other uses that aren’t quite so common.
1. Honey is good for hair.
If you suffer from a flaky scalp that results in dandruff, honey could be the elixir you are looking for. The European Journal of Medical Research performed a study that showed that a solution of 90% honey diluted in 10% warm water was effective in treating flaky, itchy, dry scalp that resulted in dandruff. Participants in the study applied the mixture every other day for a duration of four weeks. Over half of the participants saw positive results.
2. Honey can increase your energy.
Honey clocks-in at 17 grams of carbs per tablespoon. It can be used as a great pick-up to get you through the afternoon drag. It is also helpful to pep you up after a hard workout. Honey is rich in antioxidants so it releases energy slowly. This quality helps athletes sustain energy during strenuous workouts and also helps to maintain steady blood sugar and insulin levels over time.
3. Honey can relieve a hangover.
There is good news for anyone who was suffered the results of over-imbibing; honey can help cure a hangover! Honey is high in fructose, which speeds up the oxidation of alcohol in the liver. Keep in mind though, that it can take almost 500 calories of honey in order to cure your hangover, so this cure is not really dietetically friendly.
4. Honey never spoils.
Unlike most foods, honey has no expiration date. If a bottle of honey sits on a shelf for what seems like too long, it will crystalize. However, don’t think this means it needs to be thrown away. All that needs to be done is to place the open container in a bowl of hot water. Before long, the honey will be just like new. A word of note: be sure to keep honey on a shelf in the pantry; there is no need to refrigerate it.
5. Honey can help you control your weight.
Honey is sweeter than sugar and can be used in place of sugar in most instances. Since honey is a natural sweetener, it is far more healthy for you than table sugar. Replacing table sugar with honey will, over time, help to keep your weight steady. But be sure to consume no more than six tablespoons of any kind of sugar in one day.
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