Honey is a very popular food all over the world. Because it likes it, it gives it all kinds of effects. For example, an article published by a famous media claimed that drinking more honey water can not only “improve digestion,” but also “emollient, whiten, wrinkle, and delay aging.”
Is this really true?
What’s in honey?
In terms of composition, honey contains more than 80% sugar, more than 10% water, and less than 1% of other trace substances.
Therefore, it is a food with high calorie and high nutrition.
Of course, because it comes from nature, and does not require any processing to have a very high purity. In the tens of thousands of years of use, people “believe” that it has special effects, and modern fans like to use less than 1% of “micro-substance” to explain those effects.
Among these trace substances, there are a considerable amount of minerals, proteins and vitamins. Their quantity is not worth mentioning relative to human needs. In addition, there are some aromas brought by pollen, giving different honey different flavors. In addition, there are people who just listen to the “enzymes”, and do not say that the content is very small, in the stomach, in fact, there is no activity.
Only some antibacterial substances are left that can be scientifically identified and confirmed to be “effective”. The most important antibacterial substance in honey is hydrogen peroxide, as well as some other antibacterial ingredients. For example, Manuka honey is considered to have special effects because it contains more antibacterial components than hydrogen peroxide, such as methylglyoxal (MGO). Based on the strength of this antibacterial ability, the manufacturer defined a Manuka Index (UMF) to measure the quality of Manuka honey. It should be emphasized that even a honey with a high Manuka index only indicates that it has strong antibacterial ability, and does not mean that there are legendary effects.
After all, everyone drinks honey water, and few people are trying to “antibacterial.”
Drinking honey water can improve digestion? Just fructose intolerance
Many people claim that honey water can “treat constipation”, which is also considered to “improve digestion.”
This is because the sugar in honey is a monomeric state of glucose and fructose. A small percentage of people are intolerant to fructose, which produces mild diarrhea when ingested. This situation, as a “solve constipation” and “help digestion.”
Honey is “moisturizing whitening and anti-wrinkle”? The truth may be the opposite
The color of the skin first depends on the synthesis and deposition of melanin. There is no scientific evidence that drinking honey can change this physiological process. In honey, nothing has been found to affect the reactions associated with this. “Drinking honey water to whiten” is just a “wish”.
As for “anti-wrinkle”, the truth may be the opposite. Skin firming and relaxation are closely related to the state of collagen in the dermis. The normal state of collagen is fibrous and can be recovered when subjected to a certain degree of compression deformation. When we drink a lot of honey, the sugar will circulate to the dermal tissue. When the sugar content in the dermal tissue is increased, there is a greater chance of glycosylation with the amino acids on the collagen. The glycosylation reaction causes the collagen to crosslink, and it loses its ability to return to its original state when it is subjected to external forces. The “anti-wrinkle ability” of the skin is reduced.
In addition, the products of the glycosylation reaction are also decomposed, and the decomposition products further promote collagen cross-linking. This process is not “anti-aging” but “adding skin aging.”
Honey is the “free sugar” that is controlled by healthy diets.
Even the “micro-ingredients” that believe in honey China have certain “efficiencies” – such as antibacterial, the health effects of sugar in honey can’t escape.
Because of the negative effects of sugar on health, dietary guidelines are recommended in countries around the world. For example, China advocates “three reductions” – salt reduction, oil reduction, and sugar reduction. Singapore recently banned high-sugar foods from advertising in the mass media, and some areas in the United Kingdom and the United States increased taxes on sugary drinks.
For the goal of “controlling sugar”, WHO’s recommendation is to control the daily intake of “free sugar” to less than 50 grams, and preferably to control below 25 grams for additional health benefits. Honey is a typical “free sugar.”
Of course, honey is a sugar with a special flavor. On the basis of understanding its negative impact on health, it is not unreasonable to drink something for pleasure, but don’t use all kinds of unreliable effects to deceive yourself.