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The benefits of honey

HoneySeptember is National Honey Month, and this golden liquid is a staple in any pub or restaurant kitchen.

In ancient Greece, honey was described as the ‘food of the Gods’, while in China it’s classified as a medicine.

Honey is rich in antioxidants, such as flavonoids and phenolic acids. Antioxidants help neutralise reactive oxygen species (ROS) in your body, which can build up in cells and cause damage. This sort of damage can contribute to premature aging, type two diabetes, and heart disease, according to experts.

Researchers have found that honey may increase levels of adiponectin, a hormone that reduces inflammation and improves blood sugar regulation.

The ancient Egyptians would use honey to heal wounds and burns and it is still a common practice today.

Honey is also known to be a good alternative to cough medicine. Common cough medicines can have side effects and are not always effective, instead honey can help reduce cough duration, however honey should not be given to children under the age of one due to the risk of botulism.

We love a drizzle of honey on some delicious roasted tomatoes and it features regularly on our menu, which you can take a look at here.