Benifits of Honey

Benefits of Honey

Honey Facts:

Q. How do bees make honey?
A. Bees take nectar gathered from flowers, and mix it with enzymes from glands in their mouths. This nectar/enzyme mix is stored in honeycombs, and ripened until the moisture content has been reduced to about 17%. When this level is reached, each cell is capped over with a thin layer of beeswax, to seal it until the bees need it. Capped honey can keep almost indefinitely.

Q. Why do bees make honey?
A. Honeybee colonies do not hibernate in the winter months, but stay active and cluster together to stay warm. This requires a lot of food…honey…stored from the summer before. Honeybees are special in that they over-winter as a colony, unlike wasps and bumblebees. Although a hive needs 70 to 80 pounds of honey to survive the winter, the bees are capable of collecting much more. This “surplus” honey is what the beekeeper harvest..

Q. Is honey sweeter than sugar?
A. On the average, honey is 1 to 1.5 times sweeter than sugar. Liquid honey is approximately as sweet as sugar, yet contains only 82.4g carbohydrates/100g (vs. 100g for sucrose) and provides only 304 Kcal/100g (vs. 400Kcal for sucrose).

Q. Why does the color of honey vary?
A. The color and flavor of honeys differ depending on the blossoms visited by the honeybees. The color ranges from water white to dark amber, while the flavor varies from mild to strong. The color of fresh honey is related to its mineral content.

Q. What is the shelf life of honey?
A. Honey stored in sealed containers, can remain stable for years.

Q. Do other insects produce food for humans other than bees?
A. No. Bees are the only insect that produces food for eaten by man.

Q. How long have bees been around?
A. The honey bee has been around for millions of years..

Q. What is the scientific name for Honey bees?
A. The scientific name for the honey bee is apis mellifera, and they are extremely important as pollinators.

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Medicinal Information

Honey is produced by honeybees using the nectar from different types of flowers. Mayo Clinic.com reports that honey primarily consists of sugar and contains small amounts of other nutrients, such as protein. Despite the high sugar content, honey has been used for centuries for its healing and health properties. Adding honey to your diet may have some healing benefits for you as well.

Contains Antibacterial Agents
When dangerous bacteria enter your body it can cause many different illnesses and diseases, such as urinary tract infections and ear infections. Antibacterial agents are used to destroy the harmful bacteria and restore your health. Mayo Clinic.com reports that honey has been used as an antibacterial since 1892. Nathaniel Altman, author of “The Honey Prescription: The Amazing Power of Honey As Medicine,” adds that honey may have the power to kill deadly bacteria, such as those that can lead to MRSA and other staph infections.

Contains Antioxidants
Antioxidants are often associated with fruits and vegetables, but honey is another notable source of these beneficial compounds. Lynne Chepulis notes in her book, “Healing Honey: A Natural Remedy for Better Health and Wellness,” that honey contains powerful antioxidants
that serve several healing purposes in your body. Antioxidants can neutralize free radicals that may lead to infections or cancer. Antioxidants may also heal cells that have already been damaged by destroying free radicals and restoring their health. Antioxidants may also protect you from getting illnesses and diseases.

Heals Inflammation
When you get an infection the wound site may become inflamed. Applying honey to the wound may reduce inflammation and speed the recovery process. Chepulis notes that some inflammation is a normal part of healing, but extended periods of inflammation or excessive amounts can cause damage to the rest of your body. Inflammation can also cause the formation of free radicals, which honey can help prevent. Using honey topically may have more benefit, Chepulis reports, but eating honey on a regular basis can be beneficial as well.

May Inhibit Cancer Growth
Cancer can be a deadly diagnosis and patients often look for natural ways of increasing their recovery odds. David W. Grotto and Marianne Smith Edge note in their book “101 Foods That Could Save Your Life,” that honey may help prevent and treat certain types of cancer and its side effects. Honey may help stop tumor growth if eaten or given intravenously. The growth and development of bladder cancer cells may also be halted by ingesting honey.

Importance of Pollination

Around a third of the food we eat is estimated to be dependent on bee pollination. In providing this pollination service, bees literally contributes billions in cash to the world economy.

The most important thing that bees do is pollinate. Pollination is needed for plants to reproduce, and so many plants depend on bees or other insects as pollinators.
When a bee collects nectar and pollen from the flower of a plant, some pollen from the stamens—the male reproductive organ of the flower—sticks to the hairs of her body. When she visits the next flower, some of this pollen is rubbed off onto the stigma, or tip of the pistil—the female reproductive organ of the flower. When this happens, fertilization is possible, and a fruit, carrying seeds, can develop.

Which Foods Depend on Bees?

Many of the foods and crops we rely on need or, at the very least, benefit from bee pollination. Here’s a list of some of those crops.

•Alfalfa
•Almonds
•Apples
•Asparagus
•Beans
•Beets
•Blackberries
•Blueberries
•Brussels sprouts
•Buckwheat
•Cabbage
•Cantaloupe
•Cauliflower
•Celery
•Cherries
•Chestnuts
•Chives
•Clover
•Cranberries
•Cucumber
•Currants
•Eggplant
•Flax
•Garlic
•Gooseberries
•Grapes
•Horseradish
•Kale
•Lettuce
•Mustard
•Onions
•Parsley
•Peaches
•Pears
•Plums
•Pumpkins
•Radishes
•Raspberries
•Rhubarb
•Squash
•Strawberries
•Sunflowers
•Sweet potatoes
•Turnip
•Watermelon

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