September is almost over, but guess what? It’s National Honey Month! Which means you still have a day and a half to indulge in the sweet stuff without the guilt. Better yet, take the time to appreciate the health benefits of honey.
Not only does honey make your tea taste better, it’s also a natural way to sweeten and enhance the flavor of foods (Michelle Obama keeps a honey beehive in the White House garden!). It also helps take the edge off a Sunday morning hangover, or so we hear, and may even combat cancer.
To comb even more super-sweet facts about honey, we spoke to Willow Jarosh and Stephanie Clarke, contributing editors at SELF and co-founders of C&J Nutrition. They told us all about the other awesome health benefits of honey—that is benefits beyond being sweet and delicious. Here are seven things you probably didn’t know about honey that will have you singing its sticky praises.
1. It may help beat hangovers
Fructose speeds up the oxidation of alcohol in the liver. Honey is roughly equal parts glucose and fructose, so it has the potential to cause this reaction. However, studies that looked at honey’s ability to increase alcohol metabolism are using about 2 ounces of honey (8 tablespoons) per 25 grams of alcohol, which would be about 480 calories worth of honey. We wouldn’t recommend consuming that many calories worth of honey in one day.