If you are trying to lower your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, or heart failure, you want to consume a proper diet. This means limiting the intake of certain foods, such as fast food and sugary snacks, but it doesn't have to equal a bland diet.

In fact, a study reported in The Daily Mail has suggested that honey, one of the most popular sweeteners around, has a range of benefits when it comes to establishing and maintaining heart health.

Benefits of honey

In order to fully comprehend this, it is important to understand what can cause poor heart health in the first place. Many conditions or events, such as heart attacks or high blood pressure, can be caused by a buildup of plaques within the cardiovascular system. These plaques can come from any number of lifestyle factors, such as smoking or a high-cholesterol diet.

According to Prevention, a number of studies conducted at the University of Illinois have revealed that honey may have the ability to slow the oxidation of LDL cholesterol in human blood. In layman's terms, this means that honey may help prevent plaque buildups from forming in your heart, your arteries, and around your blood vessels.

While this is wonderful news, don't assume that all varieties of honey are equal. Prevention also said that the darker the honey, the more potent its ability to slow oxidation. Next time you're at the supermarket, try and find buckwheat honey instead of the more common clover variety, as it may bring greater benefits to your cardiovascular health.