When it comes to caring for your heart, you don’t want to take any shortcuts. You know the importance of a healthy diet and taking care of yourself. But have you ever considered honey for your heart?
Honey and Cardiovascular Diseases
Honey has many health benefits. In modern times, it has even been reintroduced into medicine for burn and wound care.1
But what about cardiovascular diseases? Is honey bad for your heart?
According to Mercola, “The antioxidant properties of honey may help improve coronary vasodilation, reduce blood clotting and inhibit LDL (bad) cholesterol from oxidizing, ultimately lowering your risk for cardiovascular diseases.”
In other words, if you eat honey, your chances of getting cardiovascular diseases are less than if you wouldn’t eat it.
“Studies have shown that honey contains antioxidants that can protect the heart from damage,” says Lisa Turner.2 Whereas, “any food with a high glycémie index—especially sugar, pasta, rice, potatoes, and bread—can impact the heart,” in a bad way.
So, honey wins over sugar in this area.
Bottom line, is honey bad for your heart?
No. It actually has cardiovascular health benefits, and it’s a better alternative than sugar.
Honey isn’t just for kids or Winnie the Pooh. It’s good for seniors or anyone else conscious about their heart’s health too. So, go grab yourself a teaspoon (or pot) of honey.
Just don’t overdo it. Too much can cause problems.
Do you use honey for your heart?
Please share in the comments below.
1Al-Waili, Noori, Khelod Salom, Ahmad Al-Ghamdi, Mohammad Javed Ansari, Ali Al-Waili, and Thia Al-Waili. “Honey and cardiovascular risk factors, in normal individuals and in patients with diabetes mellitus or dyslipidemia.” Journal of medicinal food 16, no. 12 (2013): 1063-1078.
2Turner, Lisa. 2011. “20 WAYS TO SAVE YOUR HEART.” Better Nutrition 73, no. 8: 32-37.
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