Rape honey - honey obtained by bees from extensive rapeseed plantations. In Europe, he has long occupied store shelves, but for the time being, he has only cautiously appeared on them. Residents of European countries are interested in rapeseed honey with its healing properties. Why do we need this honey? After all, besides him there are other honey no less useful. There is, of course. But why refuse another gift of nature? Better to meet him, try it! Therefore, we will further discuss the benefits and harms of rape honey, as well as how to store rape honey.
Features of rapeseed honey
Scroll through the pages of Internet sites in the forums to meet the point of view that the honey delicacy of rapeseed is not suitable for human consumption. Say, it is suitable only for the maintenance of the vital activity of bees in winter. To dispel this myth and evaluate the unique properties of rapeseed honey, it is enough to consider its chemical composition in more detail, which will help reveal the whole truth. Scientists have long laid out the components of rape honey on the shelves. Contains:
- water and organic acids,
- glucose and fructose, as well as dextrins (polysaccharides),
- minerals such as phosphorus and iodine, sodium, potassium, iron and zinc,
- there are also vitamins: niacin, folic, ascorbic and pantothenic acids, riboflavin, and also pyridoxine,
- contains organic acids with enzymes and hormones,
- other substances.
Of all the ingredients in the product contains most fructose and glucose. This feature makes rape honey the sweetest of all honey counterparts, giving it a sugary taste.
Does the product contain GMOs? This statement was provoked by the practice of introducing genetic modified organisms into canola. But this practice is held only abroad. It was proved that the nectar collected by the bee does not contain any signs of GMO, but it does not need to mean and panic.
Rape honey as an ideal medicine for many diseases
Due to its unique composition, honey from rape takes the first position in the prevention and cure of many diseases. It copes well with chronic illnesses, drowning out a painful condition, preventing relapse.
Rape honey is good and bad. Recommendations for use:
It activates the production of gastric juice, so that the feeling of nausea quickly passes. Suitable for pregnant women with morning sickness.
When intoxication - helps to restore the intestinal microflora, and also helps with the digestion and digestibility of food. It helps to eliminate toxins and slags from the body. It is recommended for constipation, enteritis, gastritis, colitis and duodenal ulcers.
It contributes to the normalization of hemoglobin and cholesterol levels in the body.
After regular consumption of rapeseed honey, patients experience improvements associated with the cardiovascular system, as the heart muscle is strengthened.
The expectorant effect of honey helps to eliminate cough, and diaphoretic - reduce the temperature and eliminate muscle aches.
Honey is used in cosmetology. Various recipes contribute to the rejuvenation of the skin, strengthen the hair follicles and eliminate facial wrinkles.
Efficacy in dealing with chronic fatigue, distracted attention, and decreased performance has been observed.
It promotes the strengthening of bone tissue (their growth and restoration due to boron in the composition).
Good boosts immunity.
It is recommended in dentistry for the treatment of eczema, stomatitis, gingivitis, bleeding gums and wounds.
Rapeseed honey is often present in weight loss diets. The large capacity of glucose and fructose allows you to quickly cope with the feeling of hunger, not oversaturating the body with food.
Improves the functioning of the brain due to glucose.
Normalizes the thyroid gland.
Improves the work of the spleen and the entire circulatory system.
Cleans the body from harmful substances.
The use of honey from rape is undeniable, but, like all products, this delicacy has contraindications.
Who is dangerous rape honey, what harm from him?
What harm to the body can cause honey treat? There are few contraindications to this product. The first is the presence of diabetes. In this disease, the use rate of the product must be strictly controlled. Do not forget about the rate of sugar in the blood - up to 6 mmol / l. In the case of a severe form of the disease - its use is excluded completely.
The uncontrolled use of delicacy provokes obesity and the development of diabetes, as well as a feeling of nausea.
Care must also be allergic. Of all the bee products rape delicacy keeps a special danger. High content of fructose can cause a rash with the subsequent formation of weeping ulcers, as well as bouts of severe rhinitis. An allergic reaction can end in a fit of suffocation, swelling of the face and anaphylactic shock.
How to recognize rape honey on store shelves?
To recognize the product among other types of honey you need to know the following:
The corresponding color is a cloudy white after crystallization or a yellowish color before it.
Consistency. Due to the low water content, the product is quite thick and crystallizes quickly (crystallization may occur after 3 weeks of storage).
The smell is sharp and pronounced (the thickened product has a less pronounced smell).
Tastes - cloying and delicate taste. It has a bitter aftertaste.
The best time to purchase a product is May and June, when the plant blooms.
So that the product does not lose its useful properties, it is very important to organize its proper storage. Pay attention to the container. The best option would be the capacity of a tree, but not of coniferous varieties.
You can use dishes made of clay, ceramics and steel. These materials do not enter into chemical reactions, and therefore do not provoke oxidation or deterioration of the product. Ware from plastic and metal categorically contraindicated.
You need to choose the right place for storage - hidden from the sun and with a temperature not higher than 15ºC. In other conditions, he quickly turns sour.
Attention! Having decided to add honey to tea, do not forget that under the influence of temperatures above 40 ° C Celsius, carcinogens appear in honey. Therefore, it is better to put a spoon with it in your mouth and not in hot water. After dissolving in the mouth, swallow, and then slowly drink the suspended tea.
The caloric content of rape honey per 100 grams of product is 329 kcal. So know the measure in his eating!
Rape honey is one of the most unique products that can bring many benefits to the body. But so that the good does not turn into harm, you should not abuse it. And so that the product does not lose its miraculous properties, special attention is paid to its storage.
Why not valued in Russia
Beekeepers in our country do not consider the harvesting of rape honey as a promising occupation. Therefore, they start searching for the fields planted with this crop, more often “for bees”, and they are engaged in pumping honey “for themselves”. There are several reasons for this.
- Low prevalence of culture. The fact is that rape is not just very picky about the soil, he likes salty and well-fertilized soils. Due to the powerful root system penetrating 2 m deep into the soil, the plant actively pulls out all the useful substances from the soil, significantly reducing the yield of crops planted after it. The growing economic value of the plant for the production of biofuels is gradually expanding the sowing, but they cannot yet be called massive. That is, in order to get rape honey, it will take a fair amount of work when searching for sowing and transporting the apiary to them.
- Difficulties with pumping. Rape honey, due to its low moisture content and high sugar content, crystallizes too quickly. It is very hard to guess when the honeycomb will be sealed with honey, and the crystallization of the product takes literally 24 hours.
- Low popularity. Placed in a glass jar of honey from rapeseed, subject to all storage conditions, crystallizes in the third week. Already in solid form, it goes on sale, and the modern buyer does not like candied honey and does not want to buy. The only way out is to sell honey directly from the apiary, which is not always possible.
- Doubtful use. Some consumers and even beekeepers believe in the harm of rape honey as a product made from genetically modified raw materials. Indeed, all varieties of rapeseed, which sow the field, are hybrid. The soil for culture is prepared in a special way - it is intensively fertilized with not always safe substances, therefore, in theory, honey may contain harmful components.
An additional reason for the low popularity of the product is its ability to accelerate the crystallization of honey of another variety, even if pollen from the plant enters the hive in minimal quantities.
How to fend off skepticism? Rape honey has been studied by leading Western laboratories for more than one century, and treatment with a product is very often used in traditional medicine. In addition, pure honey from the culture contains about 0.8% of rape pollen, which is too small for a possible transfer of fertilizers, pesticides and other products of the agro-industry.
The complexity of obtaining, of course, weighty, but the result is worth it: nectar contains a lot of nutrients and has a beneficial effect on the work of the whole organism.
The composition of the product
Honey prepared by bees when collecting rapeseed pollen is considered truly unique. It has a delicate whitish color and a viscous consistency. Increased density is triggered by a low water content - about 19%.
The main component of any honey are sugars. The bulk of the product belongs to glucose and fructose, which gives honey special sweetness, many times higher than the taste of beet and cane sugar. A large amount of glucose makes honey energy-intensive, but easily digestible product, which restores strength with fatigue. The content of dextrins has a beneficial effect on the liver and intestinal condition.
Vitamins and Minerals
Rapeseed nectar contains an impressive amount of vitamins and minerals. Among them:
- group B (B2, B3, B5, B6, B9),
- vitamin C,
Due to its multivitamin composition, the product has good restorative properties, regulates metabolism, and also stimulates regenerative processes.
Mineral compounds of the product maintain the tone and consistency of the human endocrine system, improve the smooth and striated muscles, as well as normalize the conductivity of nerve fibers.
In addition, a balanced ratio of minerals and vitamins helps to normalize blood formation and improve blood composition. Increased calcium content supports the strength and elasticity of bone tissue and ligaments.
Unsaturated fatty acids
Rapeseed honey is useful for the human body due to the content of organic acids of polyunsaturated fatty series. The main list includes:
- alpha linoleic,
These compounds are used by the body as a building material in the synthesis of cell membranes. They have the power to regulate metabolism, speed up metabolism and eliminate reserves of unhealthy fats. In addition, fatty acids have antioxidant properties, and therefore necessary for the body to neutralize free radicals and other harmful substances. Also, these compounds are assigned immunostimulating and anti-stress properties.
Amino Acids and Enzymes
Aloof in the chemical composition of rape honey are amino acids and enzymes. These protein compounds have a number of beneficial effects on the body:
- improve the functioning of the myocardium,
- normalize the nervous system,
- stimulate the synthesis of blood cells,
- provide optimal digestion
- normalize hormones,
- participate in regeneration processes,
- provide complete absorption of vitamins and minerals.
In the nation, rape honey is valued for its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. The product is able to eliminate infectious and inflammatory lesions of the skin and mucous membranes. These qualities nectar obliged rapeseed essential oil, the volatile components of which in small quantities go into honey, but they have a noticeable therapeutic effect.
The benefits of rape honey
The composition rich in useful substances makes the product an effective prophylactic and also causes the medicinal properties of rapeseed honey. This is a powerful auxiliary component of the complex therapy of a number of diseases.
The most common use of the product as a fast, easily digestible and useful source of energy. There is honey recommended for athletes, as well as people engaged in heavy mental and physical labor. The light texture and pleasant taste allow you to add quick snacks with nectar, giving a boost of energy and bringing the body into a tone with a lack of energy.
For the nervous system
There is a positive effect of the product on the nervous system:
- increases stress resistance
- memory improves
- thought processes speed up
- there is a mild sedative effect,
- increases concentration.
Unlike other desserts, honey can be used for obesity as a stimulator of metabolism and an aid in weight loss. The use of a small amount of the product can qualitatively eliminate the attack of hunger, not over-filling the body with excess calories. The ability to normalize metabolic processes is relevant for fluid retention and impaired salt metabolism (gout, osteochondrosis, tendency to edema).
The saturation of minerals contributes to the strengthening of bones, tooth enamel. The product is very useful for women on the eve of menopause, because it prevents the development of osteoporosis. A moderate amount of honey will help support the musculoskeletal system in children.
For the heart and blood vessels
Rape nectar has a positive effect on the state of the cardiovascular system, namely:
- improves blood rheology,
- normalizes clotting,
- strengthens the myocardium
- prevents pressure surges
- makes the capillaries strong,
- helps to reduce cholesterol levels
- prevents atherosclerosis.
For digestion and immunity
Rape honey for the digestive tract is considered to be very useful. The use of a small amount of it helps to fight gastritis and gastric ulcer, eliminates excessive acidity. The content of simple sugars contributes to the growth of normal microflora in the intestine. Also, the product is endowed with mild choleretic and hepatoprotective properties.
Thanks to boron compounds, honey provides effective removal of toxins and toxins, especially well manifested in poisoning. Regular intake of the product normalizes stools and eliminates the tendency to constipation or diarrhea.
Restorative and immunostimulating properties of rapeseed nectar are as appropriate for colds, acute respiratory viral infections and coughing. In this case, honey consumed while drinking with warm drinks or milk. It improves sweating, has pronounced anti febrile properties. Reception of a product is shown after protracted illnesses, and also at exhaustion of an organism.
With injuries and lesions of the skin
The regenerating properties of honey in combination with antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory are often used in the treatment of diseases of the skin and mucous membranes. The preparation of ointments or the use of pure liquid product is recommended for:
- scratch marks
- insect bites.
The beneficial properties of rape honey are also manifested in autoimmune and infectious skin diseases:
- idiopathic rash,
- trophic ulcers,
- diabetic foot,
- purulent wounds,
- internal boils.
With inflammations of the throat and mouth
Topical treatment with rapeseed honey may involve the absorption of a small amount of the product in the mouth. It will relieve from:
- sore throats
- periodontal disease,
- sore throat,
- inflammations of the vocal cords.
Also, honey is recommended to use in early pregnancy - to eliminate the symptoms of toxicosis and morning sickness, as well as a source of energy and nutrients.
How to choose the "right" honey
Honey is a very delicate product. Usually, its moderately liquid consistency is appreciated, and when it solidifies, they try to return it. With natural products it causes not always positive transformations. At a temperature exceeding 40ºС, honey begins to lose useful qualities. If it is heated to a temperature above 60 ºС, the chemical composition will change completely, toxic substances will appear in it, which science refers to the category of carcinogens.
The task of the consumer is to purchase only natural rapeseed honey, which has not been heat treated and mixed with various additives. This is possible if you have a familiar beekeeper or choose the right product at the point of sale. How to choose natural rape honey, its characteristics will suggest:
- color - fresh rapeseed nectar has a yellow-milky color, during crystallization it turns white, and yellow is visible only as a shade,
- consistency - fresh honey - viscous and liquid, has a uniform crystalline structure,
- the smell is pronounced floral, with admixtures of rapeseed essential oil, and therefore it is peculiar,
- taste - very sweet, slightly sugary, leaves a pronounced sweet aftertaste with a burning taste, vaguely reminiscent of mustard,
- the presence of inclusions - stains and impurities in the structure of rape honey suggests its mixing with other components.
Safe use rules
Contraindications of rape honey include only individual sensitivity to bee products. By itself, it is much less likely to cause allergies than floral analogues. However, this does not mean that nectar can be eaten in any disease and in any quantity.
Very careful with honey should be in diabetes. The saturation of the product with sugars can provoke a shortage of the usual dose of insulin. Despite this, honey is considered a more useful sugar substitute than artificial sweeteners. His reception must be coordinated with the doctor.
Due to the impressive calorie content (per 100 g contains 304 kcal), people who are overweight should carefully eat honey. If a couple of teaspoons throughout the day is considered a stimulant of metabolism, then uncontrolled addition even to diet foods is an obvious way to gain kilograms.
Pregnant and lactating women should moderately incorporate rape nectar into the diet. Children under one year of age are not allowed to give this product due to the high risk of developing allergies.
How to be treated
It is necessary to use rape honey for therapeutic and prophylactic purposes equally - taking into account the recommended daily dose of the product:
- children under the age of 12 - two or three teaspoons,
- ladies in position - two teaspoons,
- with a diet, two teaspoons,
- adults - two or three tablespoons.
Preventive reception is possible at any time of the day. It is recommended to use pure honey in the intervals between meals, and drink it with plain water or unsweetened tea.
If the product is used for the treatment of diseases, its use is combined with the prescription of a doctor. Consumption of honey is desirable to coordinate with a specialist. According to the reviews, a small amount of bee medicine is not forbidden, even in case of serious pathologies. For therapeutic purposes, the product is eaten on an empty stomach, squeezed with a small amount of water and slowly dissolving it in the mouth.
The use of rape honey will help maintain the functioning of the body at the proper level. The product contributes to the preservation of beauty and youth, pep, improves mood. The gift of bees is useful in the treatment of diseases, while restoring damaged organs and tissues. But an important condition is the use of nectar in conjunction with the medical approach to treatment. In this case, the chances of success increase significantly.