Originally published March 13 2007
Dark "honeydew" honey contains more antioxidants than light honey
by M. T. Whitney
(NaturalNews) The most healthful form of honey does not come from nectar, but rather from honeydew, a new Spanish study says. The darker honey, produced when bees collect honeydew from plants, has more antioxidants than other forms of honey.
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What you need to know - Conventional View• Honeydew is created from the secretions of aphids and other bugs feeding on plant sap.
• The researchers looked at 36 varieties of Spanish honey and found those with honeydew had stronger antioxidant properties.
• Antioxidants fight the damage caused by free radical molecules in the body.
• Experts say that all forms of honey are good for you. However, it is 80 percent sugar and should be used in moderation as part of a healthy diet.
• A 2004 U.S. study showed that eating four to 10 tablespoons of honey caused antioxidant levels to rise among its study participants, according to the web site HealthDay.com.
• Honeydew honey is not found easily in the United States and may require importation. Some countries see it as a delicacy.
• The study was published in the February issue of the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.
• "Besides its value as a great sweetening agent, honey has proved that it also has effective antioxidant and antibacterial activities," study co-author Rosa Ana Perez, a researcher with Madrid's Instituto Madrileno de Investigacion y Desarrollo Rural, Agrario y Alimentario, told the web site HealthDay.com.
What you need to know - Alternative ViewStatements and opinions by Mike Adams
• The healthiest honey is raw honey that is not processed, pasteurized or heated. "Cooking" honey breaks down the sugars, giving it a higher glycemic index when consumed.
• Honey has antibacterial properties and can be used externally on scrapes, small cuts or other skin wounds to prevent infection.
Resources you need to know• Airborne New Zealand honeydew honey: http://www.airborne.co.nz/hnydew.htm
Bottom lineHoney is a good source of antioxidants, and dark honey offers the strongest health benefits.
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