A fresh and healthy drink. Fresh, thanks to cold milk and healthy thanks to honey that comes with the delicately flavored milkshake.
History of honey
Honey is one of those foods that we cannot imagine that they have always existed. Long ago before humans controlled the fabrication of tools or building hives, humans harvested honey in nature, usually in hollow trunks, but also under mossy rocks or in small pits dug in the ground.
This food has accompanied the oldest civilizations in their evolution and, historically, it has attached to it a rich symbolism, including being the substance of the Gods. Sumerians and Babylonians used it in their religious rituals, while the Egyptians embalmed their dead in it. For the Hebrews, the Promised Land was flowing with milk and honey.
Honey and health
Honey is a sweet substance produced by bees using nectar from flowers. Composed of more than 80 % carbohydrate, it is a high-energy food and relatively pure. In fact, it contains primarily the sugars fructose and glucose, simple sugars that do not require digestion prior to absorption and are easily and directly assimilated by the body. Honey also contains a small amount of potassium, as well as traces of some other nutrients.
Moreover, honey has antiseptic properties that are now recognized by scientists. They have even identified some of the most active compounds.
The Greek Hippocrates, father of medicine, prescribed honey against fever, sore throat, ulcers and sores. Today, in Ghana, Nigeria and India, traditional medicine includes this amber substance produced by bees. And in recent years, its properties are closely studied by scientists. Their research confirmed that honey is indeed capable of eliminating harmful bacteria, including healing wounds. In 2010, the Dutch have identified one of its most active compounds.
Previous work had already highlighted the likely beneficial effect of several ingredients of honey. Its sugars, highly concentrated, would have the power to drain wounds. It would add the effect of acidity, which hinders the growth of microbes. But also an enzyme that bees use to absorb the nectar. As soon as there is sugar and a little water, this enzyme triggers a reaction that results in the production of hydrogen peroxide, a deadly substance for bacteria.