The proven health benefits of honey

Story highlights

  • Honey has proven antibacterial properties
  • For children over the age of one, honey is an alternative to cough and cold medications
  • The jury is still out on cancer, heart and diabetes benefits

(CNN)Move over, prehistoric bears. Humans have loved honey since the Stone Age.

Rock art pictures of honey harvesting, which at first glance look like drawings from A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh, date to about 8000 B.C.
    Beeswax has been found on pottery dating as far back as 7000 B.C., most likely used for waterproofing. The ancient Egyptians offered honey to the gods and then joined the Greeks, Romans and Chinese in using it as a salve for wounds and a treatment for fevers and stomach ailments.
      Today, proponents of honey tout its miraculous healing properties, claiming that it can prevent c