How Nigerians are using honey to treat infections, weight loss and keep diseases away
Honey is a thick dark or brown liquid produced by bees. Bees make honey after sucking nectars from flowers of different plants. There are many varieties of honey out there. Honey can be differentiated through their smell, colour, and taste.
However, scientists have discovered that the smell, colour and taste of honey depends on the flower the bees sucked before producing the honey. But all kinds of honey are healthy and rich in health-giving ingredients.
according to Healthline magazine, Honey has been lauded as one of the healthiest foods in the world. This is because honey in itself contains the following properties:
- Amino acids
- B vitamins
- Anti-inflammatory components
Honey is used worldwide as food and sweetener in drinks like tea and coffee. But here in Nigeria, we use honey for many ways most of which will surprise you.
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Nigerians love honey. Nowadays, we consume honey more than we consume sugar. You can literally find honey in every Nigerian household today. Honey is sold in every supermarket, grocery store, chemist shop, road side kiosks, you can literally get it everywhere. Even from the women selling groundnut and banana along the road, you can get honey from them.
Honey is like the commonest sugar here. Therefore, to make it easier for everyone to buy, this natural food comes in packages and in many sizes. From the smallest bottle to the biggest sized bottles.
However, some still think that honey is expensive. And they are right. The truth is that if you had to use honey every day as sweetener for your tea, coffee, custard, pap, then you will realise that it is really on the high side, at least, compared to table sugar which you can get for as low as N20.
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In the cities, a 75cl bottle of honey can go as high as N2,500 in the supermarkets, while at the roadside kiosks, it could go as high as N3,000 for the same 75cl bottle.
Whereas in the villages, the same 75cl bottle of honey could go as low as N1,500 per bottle, due to less demand. You would normally buy honey from the roadside or from the local markets in the rural areas.
However, there is a wild claim that the honey sold in the rural areas is more authentic than the honey one would get from the supermarkets in the cities. Their reason is that the one in the supermarkets has been refined and processed and as such, has lost some of its’ health-giving ingredients, which is not the case as the one in the rural areas that is still in its natural life.
Another claim is that most of the dealers in the cities go to the villages to buy the honey in large quantity – drums. When they get to the cities, they will package it in smaller bottles and then supply it to the supermarkets who sell to customers. Meanwhile, in other to maximize profits and make money, some of these merchants go as far as adding the industrial sugar in the honey to increase it quantity.
I used to doubt these claims until I bought one of such adulterated honey in a supermarket here in Lagos. I had to throw it away as it tasted like boiled sugar. I would throw up immediately after consuming it. I was nearly admitted into the hospital. It was that bad. Since then, I started avoiding honey from the supermarket. I started buying from the village whenever I traveled.
Nevertheless, there are still good brands in the cities, and Nigerians still consume honey every day, even, more than table sugar.
Meanwhile, below are some of the ways in which we consume honey in Nigeria include:
- For healing as medicine
In traditional medicine, honey is used for healing. Health experts have used honey to heal wounds in lots of ways. Honey is said to have anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial properties that help in healing wounds, diseases, and common sicknesses such as flu and cold. As simple as adding honey in a warm water has been proven to relieve symptoms of flu, cold, and catarrh.
When honey is mixed in garlic it can be used to treat all kinds of infections. Both bacteria, fungi and infections as common as rashes all bow down to the power of honey.
And that is not all, honey can also be used to heal wounds and sores. By applying warm honey on the surface area of the wound and sores, it prevents the wounds from being infested and helps the affected areas to dry up faster.
- As sweetener in pap, tea, coffee, custard
In many households in Nigeria, honey is used as sweeteners. In fact, most Nigerians only use honey as sweeteners. Nigerians like to consume sweet things. So, we add honey to our pap (ogi), custard, coffee, and to our darling tea. We even add honey to our smoothies and beverages.
I bet you have one in your kitchen right now.
Due to the spread of the crusade against table sugar, many people have become aware of its’ negative impact in the human body and, therefore, have opted for honey instead – which is a good trend.
Although honey is still as sweet as table sugar, honey is a better choice as it contains more vitamins and minerals which are not found in table sugar, such as potassium and magnesium which our body needs badly.
Most people like myself don’t even bother adding milk to our pap with honey present. I don’t recommend adding honey to custard though, because it will be too sweet since custard is already sweet. However, adding honey to tea or coffee is seriously recommended as it doesn’t just raise the quality of the beverage but makes it taste better.
So, if you still use table sugar for your pap and tea, please, toss that and go for honey. Thank me later.
- To spray on bread
I am surprised that most people have not yet discovered the goodness of this amazing combo – honey and bread. OMG! It is the best combination with bread. If you thought bread and beans was heaven, try honey and bread. My people, you are missing on something if you have not tried this before.
Instead of using toasts and other bread spreads, try honey. It will blow your mind away.
Honey can also be added to pancakes, peanut, yogurt and oatmeal. The honey flavour provides extra layers of flavour and taste that will blow your mind away.
And that is not all, if you still bake cakes without honey, you are missing out.
- We use honey to eat cooked unripe plantains
Here is a secret! If you want to lose weight quickly, start consuming unripe plantains and honey. You will lose weight as quickly as possible.
Honey and cooked/roasted unripe plantains aids in weight loss and helps you to lose bad cholesterol within a short time. This combination helps to burn fat and controls blood sugar level like no other.
Also, both unripe plantains and honey contain anti-oxidant and anti-bacteria that fight against infections and boosts immunity.