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Honey's Nutritional Profile
Honey As A Source Of Antioxidants
It has been hypothesized that consuming more antioxidant-rich foods may help protect against cellular damage and possibly prevent the development of chronic diseases. research indicates that honey includes numerous compounds with antioxidant potential. The amount and type of these antioxidant compounds depends largely upon the floral source/variety of the honey. In general, darker honeys have been shown to be higher in antioxidant content than lighter honeys. While the antioxidant content of honey may not rival that of some of the more antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, on a gram for gram basis, honey may, nevertheless, provide an additional source of dietary antioxidants.
Honey and Calcium Absorption
It is estimated that by the year 2020, half of all Americans over the age of 50 will be at risk for fractures from osteoporosis or low bone mass. One of the key strategies for reducing the likelihood of developing low bone mass is to consume adequate calcium. Of course, it is also very important that the calcium consumed is absorbed. Researchers at Purdue University showed that honey enhanced calcium uptake in laboratory animals. In fact, researchers found that the absorption of calcium was increased as the amount of honey was increased. Although this data would need to be confirmed with human subjects, the preliminary findings are very compelling. Maybe you'd like to get your calcium through a fruit smoother made with milk rather than by taking a calcium pill.