Honey is known for its amazing benefits and essential properties that are great for your health. But, do you know that honey can turn into a dangerous substance if you cook honey or boil it in the water?
Yes, many of you might not be aware of this, but honey exceeding the cooking temperature of 40 degrees can lead to a negative chemical change.
When you cook honey and it exceeds the 40-degree temperature, this makes nourishing honey equivalent to toxins or say glue.
Benefits of Honey:
· Honey is an amazing alternative to castor sugar, and it is one of the most widely used traditional sweeteners.
· Honey is rich in antioxidants, amino acids, probiotics and enzymes which benefit your health.
· Not only this, honey has medicinal properties that can be used to cure various health or skin problems.
· Using raw honey can be helpful to get glowing, soft skin.
· The anti-microbial properties of honey make it a superfood for natural antibiotics.
However, heated or cooked honey can cause adverse side effects and it is not at all good for your health.
As per a book by DK Publishing, Healing Foods, raw honey consists of water and sugar. And raw honey is used to treat ulcers, wounds and to treat skin-related problems.
Honey also contains essential vitamins like vitamins D, K, C, E and B-complex. The wonder food honey also nourishes your system with minerals, essential oils, beta-carotene and enzymes.
People who suffer from respiratory infections should have raw honey because honey is an excellent source of antioxidants that can be effective in respiratory infections.
How is this possible?
We can preserve honey for years, then why would something like honey change into toxins?
Before, the Ayurvedic practitioners used to keep bees in locations where they can find specific herbs to get honey with a healing effect or properties.
This process also helped in harvesting quality pollen from the bee. This type of honey had more essential and healing properties compared to other raw honey.
But, when you heat honey, this changes the chemical compound which is hazardous for your health.
As per the National Center for Biotechnology (NCBI), when you heat honey, you also lose the essential properties and enzymes that have adverse effects on your health.
Nowadays, honey that you buy is also heated at a certain temperature and on top of it when you heat it, cook it, or mix it with hot water this makes it worse. And, as per Ayurveda, the molecules of honey adhere to mucous membranes in the digestive tract and this leads to Ama (undigested food and toxins). This can lead to serious health problems.
Another side-effect of heating honey is that it causes weight gain, skin conditions, congestion, respiratory disease, and imbalance of blood glucose.
Also, when a diabetic patient consumes pasteurized honey, this may lead to an insulin spike because of the high glycemic index.
It is better to use raw honey with no adulteration and have it with no mixing to get the maximum benefits.
Honey is helpful to prevent constipation and vomiting. It is important to understand that we should not disturb the natural environment of any food because then we might lose the nutritional value and face the negative effects.
The next time you have honey, make sure you choose organic honey and have it in its raw form.