Honey and its nutritional value have been known since ancient times. The ancient populations had honey as an essential ingredient in both their diet and pharmaceuticals.
According to mythology, nectar was the basic food of the gods of Olympus. Zeus was raised with honey and milk from the nymph bee.
In the antiquity, teenage Spartans in the final stage of their training withdrew to Taygetos for the so-called month of honey. There, to get their bodies to the maximum of their power, they were only fed honey.
In the book of ancient Hindu life, honey is referred to as one of the basic ingredients of daily nutrition for life extension.
Aristotle also believed that honey prolonged life and Hippocrates recommended it for the treatment of many diseases.