06 Apr Honey Is Good For Your Heart
Honey is not only a sweet treat, but it possesses a treasure trove of health benefits. It’s good for the digestive system, healthy for your skin, alleviates coughs and sore throats, and much more. But did you know that honey is also good for your heart?
Food scientists for the University of Illinois discovered that honey is actually good for your heart, in addition to all of its other health benefits. The researchers used test-tube studies, which demonstrated that honey actually slowed the oxidation of bad LDL cholesterol within human blood. LDL cholesterol that is oxidized is not good for the human heart. Oxidized LDL cholesterol lays that foundation of plaque deposits along blood vessel walls, which can lead to strokes and heart attacks.
Honey, overall, has a lot of health benefits. The darker the honey, however, the better it is for the heart. According to Nicki Engeseth, PhD, an researcher from the University of Illinois, “Honey – the darker the better – dramatically slowed the rate of formation of conjugated dienes, products of oxidation related to LDL in blood” (Harrar, 2011).
Dr. Engeseth goes on to say that buckwheat honey tested the highest out of all of the honeys tested. Although, other honeys do contribute to heart health. Since honey is eaten in small amounts, it does not replace fruits and vegetables filled with antioxidants. A person would need to eat a lot of buckwheat honey just to benefit from its results. An individual can, however, use honey as as sweetener.
So the next time you reach for that sugary chocolate bar, reach for the honey instead. Your heart with thank you.
Harrar, S. N. (2011, November 01). Honeybees Guard Your Heart. Retrieved April 06, 2017, from http://www.prevention.com/food/food-remedies/heart-health-honey-antioxidants