Honey could help counter the effects of ageing and decrease anxiety, according to a study.
Scientists found a diet sweetened with honey improved memory and reduced anxiety.
Lynne Chepulis and Nicola Starkey at the University of Waikato in New Zealand conducted their tests on rats.
They raised them on diets of 10 per cent honey, 8 per cent sucrose or no sugar at all for a year.
The rats were two months old at the start of the trial, and were assessed every three months using tests designed to measure anxiety and spatial memory.
The honey-fed rats spent almost twice as much time in the open sections of an assessment maze then sucrose-fed rats, suggesting they were less anxious. They were also more likely to enter novel sections of a Y-shaped maze, suggesting they knew where they had been previously and had better spatial memory.
Dr Starkey said: "Diets sweetened with honey may be beneficial in decreasing anxiety and improving memory during ageing."
She believes this could be due to the antioxidant properties of honey, which have previously been demonstrated in humans.
Source - Daily Mail