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Fact or fable: all about honey

Fact or fable: all about honey

Photo: NU.nl/Layla Wijsmuller-Vafi

The audience Saturday during the National Imkerdag get acquainted with the profession of the beekeeper and also undoubtedly a lot of honey to taste. NU.nl explained to as a result a number of propositions on the honey for at the Nutrition centre and Ruby van den Heuvel, naturopathic of Herbiatic.

1. Honey is just as “unhealthy” sugar: fact
“Honey consists of 80% sugar. The rest is mainly water. So it is sugar in a liquid form. Sugar supplies energy, but provides your body the necessary vitamins, minerals and fiber. This applies to all types of sugar and for honey, syrups, and syrups. It is sometimes said that honey is better for the body than regular sugar because it is more natural and beneficial nutrients, but your body processed all kinds of sugar in the same way and the amount of beneficial nutrients is so low that it is no contribution to health.”

2. Honey that ‘crystallizes’ in the pot, you can’t eat any more: fable
“Honey spoils not fast due to the high amount of sugars. You can use crystallized honey still eat. It looks less appetising, but it is still safe to eat. By honey be very careful to warm up, can you make it liquid again. Note to the not warmer than 40 degrees.”

3. Honey that is not organic, is not sustainable: fable
“Since 2015 is only organic honey from Holland available. ‘Organic’ means that hives must be placed so that sources of pollen and nectar within a radius of three kilometers for the most part consist of organic crops or spontaneous vegetation’ (mowing, pruning, and grazing) that have no plant protection products are applied. In addition, should the hives are made of natural materials such as wood and straw. Also applies to organic food for bees, as a condition and should the was to the raatbouw to structure clean. This is in line with the European regulation for organic agriculture.”

“That is not to say that honey that is not certified as organic, are not sustainable. Various kinds of honey come from areas where the nectar taken from the wild (spontaneous vegetation), or where few pesticides are used. In addition, both the organic as the other bee colonies for the necessary pollination of many agricultural crops. In fact, bees are an essential part of the ecosystem and they contribute to a sustainable food system.”

4. Honey fits at home in a varied diet: fact and fable
“Honey is not in the Disc of Five. But if you have varied according to the Drive of Five to eat, you can every day a few times something small choose outside the Disk of Five, such as honey on your bread or in your yogurt.”

5. Raw honey is a better choice than ‘supermarket’honey: the myth
“The contribution that honey within a healthy diet can contribute to the intake of nutrients is negligible. By the amount of sugar fits in there with just a tiny bit in a healthy diet. Although heating of honey can have an impact on a number of the substances in honey, makes it so for the health does not matter whether you are raw, cold geslingerde or heated honey used. Taste and substance may change. In terms of safety, it doesn’t matter.”

6. All kinds of ‘special’ honey (such as acacia and lavendelhoning) get that title purely for marketing: myth
“This name indicates of which bloemensoort the honey especially is made. This is not regulated by law, so it is not regulated which part of the honey must come from on bloemensoort.”

7. Honey need not be kept chilled to be: fact
“That’s right. An opened package of honey you can in the kitchen cupboard for up to a year to keep.”

8. Honey works healing (against burnt skin): fact
Ruby van den Heuvel: “in Fact, all the products that produces, to a greater or lesser extent, healing. Honey can indeed be used in a burns. The honey works it analgesic, antiseptic and healing. Make sure that the place is not too big. It is a larger burns (caused, for example, by the sun), then it is a good honey to blend with, for example, cottage cheese for an extra cooling effect. The honey only works often to occlusive on the skin, causing the burning sensation can. Other areas in which the healing effect of honey may be used, wound care, and common cold with cough and sore throat.”

9. Honey is not suitable for babies: fact
Van den Heuvel: “That’s right. Honey can be contaminated with traces of botulismebacteriën. This allows for small children, in whom the immune system and the intestinal flora is still need to develop, get sick. The infection would be caused by the ingestion of spores that are in honey and in the gastro-intestinal tract can start to become real bacteria. Botulism is eventually caused when the colonies of bacteria formed in the intestinal tract and here the substance botulinum produce. Through absorption of this toxic substance the baby is eventually sick.”

10. Honey works well against hay fever: fact and fable
Van den Heuvel: “the bee products, bee pollen or bijenbrood, for which the raw material of pollen of flowers. Honey also contains tiny amounts of this pollen (commonly known as pollen) and can therefore contribute to hooikoortsdesensibilisatie. Often, however, a treatment is needed with bee pollen and/ or bijenbrood. Here are a good treatment system.”

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