Honey is a deliciously rich, golden syrup-like liquid. With around 80% of its composition coming from natural sugars, honey is very high in calories and as such should be used in moderation. Its caloric density is similar to that of refined sugar.
Raw honey, which has not been heated or pastuerised is more nutrient rich than processed kinds. It may contain traces of pollen (and even bee wings!) but don’t let that put you off. It has powerful anti-oxidant, ant-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and is believed to stabalise blood sugar levels, calm nerves and treat ulcers.
Manuka honey in particular has strong anti-bacterial qualities as a result of its large quantity of methylglyoxal (MG), and can be used to treat open wounds.