Honey

So, is honey actually good for you?

Not really, when it’s used as a food. Honey does supply some nutrients, such as iron and vitamin C. But the amounts are so small—less than 1 percent of what you need in a day.

Honey actually has slightly more calories per serving than sugar: 21 calories per teaspoon compared with 16 calories per teaspoon of sugar. In addition, just like sugar and agave syrup, the honey that you stir into your tea or use as a sweetener in baked goods is a type of added sugar. The American Heart Association recommends that men consume no more than 9 teaspoons (36 grams) per day, and women and children, no more than 6 teaspoons (24 grams) daily. A teaspoon of honey contains almost 6 grams of sugars.

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Does Honey Work as a Cure?

Honey has served as a time-honored home remedy for cough, allergies, and even wound healing. The evidence regarding its effectiveness as a remedy, though, is mixed.

It’s worth trying a spoonful of honey to ease a cough. Some research shows that it can help. But don’t try this with infants under 1 year old. Honey can contain the bacteria that cause infant botulism. (Honey is safe for children once they’ve reached their first birthday.)

The ancient Egyptians used honey to speed wound healing and prevent infection, and there may be some truth that it works. The effect may be due to the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredients quercetin and garlic acid.