Long known for its antibiotic properties, honey is also much more than refined sugar, which lacks a lot of the vitamins and minerals natural honey contains. As a folk remedy, honey has been taken for stomach ulcers and heartburn, and Western research has shown that it may stop the growth of H. pylori, the bacteria responsible for most gastric ulcers. Honey was also used to soak gauze to bandage burns and wounds aiding in the healing process. The caffeic acid in honey may also prevent colon cancer. There is just one caution with this delicious, nutritious, bacteria-fighting sweetener: because raw honey can harbor botulism spores, never give it to a child under the age of one year old. Switch the morning sugar for some honey and begin enjoying a longer, healthier life today.