Throughout history, honey has been not only a nutritious food source but has been used as a medicine. One of nature’s oldest sweeteners, honey helps coat the throat to soothe irritation and ease a cough. It can spur saliva production, which helps thin out mucus.
Honey consumed in moderate amounts can also be a beneficial addition to your diet. It’s rich in antioxidants and is said to have antibacterial properties. This golden liquid contains protein, enzymes, vitamins and minerals including vitamin B6, thiamin, niacin, zinc, potassium, and magnesium.
Overprocessing and heating honey will compromise some of its nutritional benefits. Get the most out of unheated raw honey by using it as a replacement for jellies or syrups or as a condiment for desserts and dips.