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Honey with Honeycomb
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The honeycomb comes out of the hive, is cut into pieces, placed in the packages and consumed as such. Chewing it, the honey comes out in the mouth and we enjoy both wax and honey with all the healing and nutritional properties of the honeycomb.
Honeycomb is rich in carbohydrates and antioxidants
When you eat honeycomb you offer several benefits to your body, ranging from fighting a risk of infection to a healthier heart and liver.
However, eating honey directly from the beehive can also pose certain risks.
iatronet.gr looks at the uses, benefits and risks of honeycomb.
Raw honey differs from commercial honey because it is not pasteurized or filtered.
Honeycomb may also contain some bee pollen, propolis and royal jelly - additional bee products with potential health benefits. However, these are likely to be found only in small quantities.
You can eat the whole honeycomb, including the honey and the wax cells surrounding it.
Rich in certain nutrients
Honeycomb is rich in carbohydrates and antioxidants. It also contains trace elements from various other nutrients.
Its main ingredient is raw honey, which provides small amounts of proteins, vitamins and minerals - but is made up of 95-99% sugar and water.
Because it has not been processed, raw honey contains enzymes such as glucose oxidase, which confer antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.
Such enzymes are destroyed by the heating and filtration used to process commercial honey.
In addition, raw honey is less likely to be contaminated by sweeteners such as high fructose corn syrup and also tends to contain more antioxidants than processed honey.
Antioxidants are beneficial plant compounds that promote health, reduce inflammation and protect your body from disease. Their levels can be up to 4.3 times higher in raw than in processed honey.
Polyphenols are the main type of antioxidant in honey. Research suggests that they may help reduce the risk of diabetes, dementia, heart disease and even certain types of cancer.
Honeycomb also contains beeswax, which provides long-chain fatty acids and alcohols. These compounds may help lower cholesterol levels.
May help the heart stay healthy
Honeycomb can boost your heart health.
Research shows that the long-chain fatty acids and alcohols present in wax can reduce high blood cholesterol levels, a risk factor for heart disease.
For example, one review reports that alcohols from beeswax can help lower 'bad' LDL cholesterol by up to 29% while increasing 'good' HDL cholesterol by 8-15%.
However, the studies in this review used high levels of isolated alcohols derived from beeswax, making it difficult to know whether small amounts of beeswax in honeycomb would have the same effects.
Therefore, honey may have the same cholesterol-lowering ability.
One small study gave participants either 70 grams of sugar or honey per day. After 30 days, the honey group increased "good" HDL cholesterol by 3.3% and decreased "bad" LDL cholesterol by 5.
In addition, replacing sugar with honey can help lower triglyceride levels by up to 19%.
In addition, the antioxidants in honey can help dilate the arteries leading to your heart. In turn, this can increase blood flow and lower blood pressure, potentially reducing the risk of blood clots, heart attack and stroke.
It may protect against infections
Honeycomb may enhance your body's ability to fight certain bacteria and fungi.
For example, test-tube studies show that wax extracts can offer protection against fungi and disease-causing bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus, Candida albicans, Salmonella enterica, and E. coli.
Honey is also known for its antimicrobial properties. Research shows that it can help protect your gut from the intestinal parasite Giardia lamblia.
However, human studies are needed to confirm these effects.
May improve liver function
Honeycomb may also contribute to a healthier liver.
In a 24-week study, a mixture of honeycomb alcohols was given daily to people with liver disease. Specifically, 48% of people in the bee hive group showed a reduction in symptoms - such as abdominal pain, bloating and nausea - compared to only 8% in the placebo group.
In addition, liver function returned to normal in 28% of patients taking bee alcohols - compared to none in the placebo group.
Honeycomb is generally considered safe for consumption.
However, because it contains honey, it is at risk of being contaminated by C. botulinum spores. These are particularly harmful to pregnant women and children under 12 months of age.
In some cases, eating large quantities of honeycomb can cause stomach problems.
To minimise the risk of this happening, it may be best not to consume large amounts of honeycomb daily - or simply spit out the waxy cells.
In addition, people with bee or pollen allergies should be careful with honeycomb, as it can cause an allergic reaction.
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