Important Nutritional Facts about Honey

HoneyHoney is a powerful medicinal and healthy food that contains a mixture of sugars and other compounds and always used in different kinds of healthy recipes. Honey consists of about 38.5% fructose and about 31% glucose. Honey also contains maltose, sucrose and other complex carbohydrates and trace amounts of vitamins and minerals. Some properties of honey function as antioxidants including flavonoids, pinobanksin, chrysin, catalase, pinocembrin, and vitamin C. These antioxidants and flavonoids may help reduce the rish of heart disease and some cancers.

Raw honey contains antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties and can be used to heal wounds and burns and protect the skin from infections. It also relieves sore throats and coughs and helps treat disorders such as bacterial gastroenteritis and ulcers. Phytonutrients that are found in honey including caffeic acid methyl caffeate, phenylethyl dimethylcaffeate, and phenylethyl caffeate may help prevent colon cancer and the growth of cancerous tumors. Cooking or heating honey may destroy these substances so it is best to consume honey in its raw state. Consuming a spoonful of honey daily may increase the level of polyphenolic antioxidants in the blood, which is beneficial for overall health and for strengthening the immune system. Because honey helps maintain glycogen levels, it helps power the body and may increase athletic performance. Athletes consume honey to enhance their performance and improve their recovery time.

Fried Seasonal Fruits with Rosemary Honey    

A bright and merry dessert displaying all the colors of autumn, Fresh fruits in season roasted in rosemary honey and served on top of a crispy pastry shell give the best that nature has to offer prepared using sophisticated yet simple French culinary techniques. In this recipe, Chef Franck Salein combines a beautiful array of fruits including pineapple, pears, apples, papaya, kiwi, strawberries, and clementines. Besides being in season, these fruits were chosen for their diverse colors, flavors, and textures to create an interesting, harmonious, and very attractive plate.

Ingredients: 1 mandarin orange, 1 pear, 1 apple, ½ a pineapple, 1 papaya, 8 strawberries, 3 tablespoons honey, 1 fresh rosemary branch, 4 mint leaves, orange juice, 2 Phyllo (filo) pastry sheets

Preparation Instructions: Fried Seasonal Fruits with Rosemary Honey

Fit the thinly flattened pastry inside a shallow round baking mold. Trim the excess to make a bottom crust. Place in a 180-degree oven for five or six minutes. Once cooked it will turn into a nice brown color and have a crispy texture. Gently remove the crispy pastry shell from the mold. Wash, peel, and chop all the fruits into segments. In the hot pan, put some rosemary-flavored honey. Glaze the segments of apples, pears, and pineapple slices. Deglaze with some fresh orange juice. Add the more delicate fruits, i.e. papaya, kiwi, and strawberries. Add the mandarins. Distribute the glazed fruits in the pastry shell. Add a tablespoon full of fresh orange juice to the liquid left from roasting the fruits. Heat a bit to make the sauce. Pour this over the dessert. Decorate with mint and rosemary leaves.

Honey has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for 4000 years in India and is believed to be useful in weight loss, improving eyesight, treating urinary tract disorders, diarrhea, bronchial asthma, nausea, impotence and premature ejaculation. Honey is used with other herbal preparations because it enhances the medicinal qualities of other herbs enabling these to reach the deeper tissues of the body. Honey is therefore considered as “Yogavah” since it has the ability to penetrate the deepest tissues.

While honey contains simple sugars, the combination of fructose and glucose it has helps the body regulate blood sugar levels, making it a good alternative to white sugar. The antibacterial properties of honey make it useful for nourishing and moisturizing the skin, especially when used with other ingredients. Honey is often used as a powerful home remedy and beauty treatments.

Source: www.gourmandia.com

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