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Honey with Hot Milk is a Toxic Combination! Really?

Honey has long been known as a healing golden liquid with a wide range of therapeutic benefits. Numerous investigations and tests on raw honey have shown that it contains antibacterial properties by nature.

Sandeep Kr Tiwari
Honey has long been known as a healing golden liquid with a wide range of therapeutic benefits.
Honey has long been known as a healing golden liquid with a wide range of therapeutic benefits.

Honey has long been known as a healing golden liquid with a wide range of therapeutic benefits. Numerous investigations and tests on raw honey have shown that it contains antibacterial properties by nature. It is used in a variety of homemade cures for skin and hair care. Ayurveda, an ancient Indian system of medicine, emphasizes that honey should never be heated or cooked with milk.

Let's discuss it in detail;

Some people think it's dangerous to eat warm honey! That's because heating anything that contains sugars can promote the production of a substance known as 5-hydroxymethylfurfural, or HMF, which is thought to be naturally carcinogenic. However, this applies to all sugar-containing substances, not only honey. It has been determined that boiling honey will undoubtedly make it more poisonous.

According to National Centre for Biotechnology Information research, both boiling honey and combining it with ghee have harmful effects. According to the study's findings, "Heated honey (>140°C) combined with ghee forms HMF (Hydroxy methyl furfural), which may have harmful consequences and eventually behave as poison." The temperature rise for honey is limited to less than 140 degrees, which is far lower than the ideal temperature at which your glass of milk is likely to be. This is the reason behind the belief that heated honey can be Poisonous.

The level of HMF in heated honey increased relatively from 25 parts per million to 75 parts per million, according to the study's table comparing HMF quantities. Compared to the levels of HMF present in many other meals, that is significantly less. Furthermore, there is insufficient evidence to support the claim that HMF causes human cancer.

Mixing honey in hot milk may not be as toxic as Ayurveda would want you to believe. Although heating honey to temperatures above 140 degrees may be less healthy for you since some nutrients can get denatured. Making sure the milk has cooled down a bit before adding a spoonful of the natural sweetener is the ideal way to enjoy milk with honey.

Health Benefits of Honey with Milk

Might Boost Stamina

A glass of milk and honey every morning is thought to improve Human stamina. Protein may be found in milk, while Honey Contains the essential carbohydrates for effectively stimulating metabolism. Milk may be a useful post-exercise beverage for those who engage in strength and endurance exercises, milk is more nutrient-dense when compared to the majority of sports beverages.

Antibacterial Properties

Milk and honey may both possess strong antimicrobial effects. But when they work together, their antibacterial effectiveness is increased. In addition to providing nutrients, milk and honey may also work as an efficient defense against microbial infection.

They could be useful for treating digestive problems, constipation, and flatulence. Additionally, it is effective in treating respiratory conditions like cold and cough.

Skin Care

Both honey and milk may have cleaning and antibacterial qualities. In vitro testing with honey revealed that it may be able to eradicate skin-harming microbes, change microbial pathogenicity, modulate immunological parameters, reverse antibiotic resistance, inhibit the growth of tumor cells, encourage tissue repair, and possibly offer protection against UV rays.

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