Playing to the sweet spot of Egyptian tongues more than 5,000 years ago, honey is the world’s oldest sweetener. Still valued for its natural goodness, the golden elixir is recognized today for its exceptional antioxidant qualities, which make it an immunity-boosting powerhouse with antiviral and antibacterial capabilities. Researchers in a Penn State University College of Medicine study found honey more effective than dextromethorphan (a cough suppressant) at reducing the frequency and severity of nighttime coughing in children. Honey soothes the throat on contact and is thought to activate endorphins. To enhance immunity, enjoy 1 to 2 tablespoons of honey a day.
Choose It & Use It
Honey keeps baked goods tender and lends fat-free richness to dressings, smoothies, and sauces. Unique flavors and colors, such as orange blossom, lavender, or sage, let you select the one that strikes your fancy or complements the flavor profile of your dish. Caution: children under 12 months old should not ingest honey.