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30 Amazing Facts about Honey | Amazing Facts 4U

  1. Honey is actually supersaturated sugar solution with approximately 17.1 percent water. Fructose is the predominant sugar at 38.5 percent, followed by glucose at 31 percent.
  2. Honey is a golden fluid, which is used as a sweetener and flavoring option to white sugar.
  3. One teaspoonful of honey has 22 calories versus 16 calories in one teaspoon of table sugar. However, granulated table sugar, or sucrose, has glucose and fructose hooked together, whereas in honey, fructose and glucose remain in individual units.
  4. Amazing fact is that if properly stored, honey will not spoil at all. A pot of honey found in an ancient Egyptian tomb was as good as fresh honey.
  5. Honey will ferment if it is diluted by moisture from the atmosphere or by other liquids. Prevent fermentation by keeping honey containers tightly sealed before and between uses.
  6. Honey is in fact the only food source produced by an insect that humans eat.
  7. When measuring honey, first coat the measuring utensil with a small amount of oil so the honey will not stick.
  8. Store honey at room temperature rather than in a refrigerator. Keep it tightly covered and in a dry place.
  9. The color of honey varies from colorless to dark brown, and its flavor ranges from mild to particularly bold, which depends on where the honey bees visited. Honey is produced in most countries around the world.
  10. Light colored honey is milder in taste compared to dark colored honey, which is stronger in taste.
  11. Honey should not be stored in metal containers because the acids in the honey possibly can promote oxidation of the metal container.
  12. Honey should be preserved in wooden, ceramic, glass or plastic material container.
  13. The thickness of honey increases as temperature decreases. Honey will not freeze solid even at very low temperature.
  14. Bees blend honey naturally by combining the pollens from many different flowers in areas where no one flower predominates.
  15. There are three types of bee in a nest or hive: One female queen bee, several numbers of male bees, and female worker bees. The worker bees gather the nectar that is later converted into honey in the hive by adding enzymes to the nectar and reducing the moisture. Job of female worker bees is to gather sugar rich flower nectar and get back to the hive.
  16. Clover Honey is thick, mild in taste and has antibacterial properties. USA, New Zealand, and Canada extensively produce clover honey.  Pure Clover honey is pale amber to white in color.
  17. Alfalfa honey is light in color and produced expansively throughout Canada and the United States. Alfalfa honey comes with a mild flavor and very pleasant aroma.
  18. Avocado honey is dark in color and has a rich, creamy, buttery taste. It is produced in California avocado blossoms.
  19. Blueberry Honey is mainly produced in New England and Michigan. It is light amber in color and has strong flavor.
  20. Eucalyptus honey is one of the stronger variety of honey produced in California. It is used for mild cough and cold.
  21. Buckwheat Honey is a dark honey with a higher level of minerals. This kind of honey contains antioxidants and essential fatty acids very good for health.
  22. Wildflower Honey is known for its numerous medicinal benefits.
  23. Fire weed honey has the flavor like a summer pear coming from a perennial herb cultivating in open woods. It is light in color.
  24. Manuka Honey is dark and mostly gathered in New Zealand. It is well known for its antibacterial and healing properties.
  25. Natural honey is a rich source of vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, flavonoids, and minerals unlike table sugar which is highly processed, whereby all naturally occurring trace minerals from the sugar cane plant are removed, leaving us with “empty calories” which are devoid of nutrition like vitamins, minerals, and important enzymes.
  26. Honey is not recommended for children who are less than a year old because their digestive systems may not be mature enough to digest it. Also there is a possibility of spores in honey which may cause infant botulism. Adults are able to destroy these spores.
  27. Honey is not the only thing bees produce for food and use in the hive, they also produce fresh royal jelly, bee pollen and propolis.
  28. Fresh royal jelly is a super food produced by the bees and fed to the queen her entire life. Normal worker or drone bees just eat honey, but the fresh royal jelly allows the queen to grow much larger than a normal bee and live 50 times longer.
  29. Bee Pollen is a super protein rich food that bees feed to young maturing bees so that they can grow fast.
  30. Propolis is produced by the bees to help them clean the hive and kill bacteria.

 By Amazing Facts 4U Team

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