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Health Bite

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We all know honey is a great natural alternativ­e sweetener, but it also has many well-researched health benefits. Studies have shown it has antibacter­ial and antifungal properties, it can reduce coughs and throat irritation and it can help heal wounds and burns – so it’s a great all-rounder.

Now a new study has shown that a natural sugar found in honey, called trehalose, could help prevent heart attacks. It seems the substance activates a protein that causes immune cells to remove fatty plaque from arteries. It is this plaque that causes the arteries to harden and become less elastic, putting people at risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.

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