Honey Facts

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Mmm… yummy honey. What is honey made of? It is actually made of sugar and water, and 95% to 99% is sugar. Its sugar contains fructose, glucose, and some probiotic sugars. The probiotic sugars can help you maintain the healthy bacteria in your gut.

To my surprised, natural made honey is actually from bee vomit. Eww… it sounds gross! Bees collect all the flower nectar and keep it in their second stomach. Then they throw it up and pass it on to another bee. Finally, it was put in the honeycomb in the beehive. Bees flap their wings to cool it, also to help it thicken.

Believe or not, bees may need to visit 2 million flowers to make one pound of honey. And the kind of flower determines the color and flavor of the honey.

Many people believe that honey helps your body fight pollen allergies. As matter of fact, that is not quite right because honey only contains small amounts of pollen. The most flower pollen in honey doesn’t typically trigger allergies. Other trigger of allergies could be from trees, grass, and weeds.

Parents are warned not to give honey to children younger than one year old, because wild honey can have a kind of bacteria, botulism. A baby cannot as an adult or older children digest honey quickly. The bacteria, “sleeping” bacteria, can wake up and becomes a dangerous toxin in baby’s intestine. Constipation would be the first sign of it.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, giving over-the-counter cough syrup or cold medicines to children under 6 years old is not recommended. On the other hand, honey might be a good remedy for children older than one year old. It helps to sleep better through the night.

Honey can help to prevent wound infection. Just put it directly on wounds. The ancient Greeks and Romans used honey to heal wounds. The Russians and Germans did to during World War I.

Honey is full of antioxidants, which clear the free radicals, and it is anti-inflammatory. Honey can help with pink eye, diarrhea, athlete’s foot, as well as, chest pain, fatigue, and vertigo.

Cited: WebMD The Buzz About Honey

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