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Updated on September 22, 2014

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Honey and honey comb
Honey and honey comb | Source

Honey and The Bee

What is honey

Honey is a sweet food made by bees using nectar which they gather from flowers.
Honey bees transform nectar into honey by a process of regurgitation and evaporation. They store it as a primary food source in wax honeycombs inside the beehive. A honeycomb is made of hexagonal wax cells built by honey bees in their nests to contain their larvae and stores of honey and pollen.
Honey is very sweet, gets its sweetness from the monosaccharides fructose and glucose, and has approximately the same relative sweetness as granulated sugar, and is used by many people as a substitute for sugar.

there are different types and colors of honey which is due to the nectar collected from different flowers. Honey has had a long history in human consumption, and is used in various foods and beverages as a sweetener and flavoring. It also has a role in religion and symbolism.

Honey Mentioned In The Bible

Honey is mentioned in the Bible many times and all so in the Quran.

Samson found a "swarm of bees" in the carcass of a lion he had slain (Judg. 14:8 )

Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. (Proverbs 16:24)

Now John wore a garment of camel's hair and a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey (Matthew 3:4)

My son, eat honey, for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste(Proverbs 24:13

Most Common Uses of Manuka Honey

1. Gastritis
2. Stomach Ulcers
3. Tonsillitis
4. Sinusitis
5. Skin ailments eg eczema, hives, rosacea, rashes
6. Building Body Immunity
7. Facial masks
8. Common Flus, Coughs and Colds
9. Cuts and Burns

Honey For Medicinal purposes

Honey has also been used in various medicinal traditions to treat ailments.
The Miraculous Manuka Honey
Manuka honey from New Zealand and Australia has miraculous healing effects.

UMF Manuka, also known as "Medihoney" in some pharmacies, is the preferred honey for wound dressing and other special therapeutic uses and studies are showing Manuka with high levels of UMF could be very effective in helping relieve stomach ulcer symptoms and gastritis, and sore throats, and when applied topically, in assisting the natural cure of skin ulcers, wounds, burns, boils, cracked skin. That is also why many skincare products also contain UMF manuka as a special ingredient and promise positive benefits from their regular application on the skin. Another reason why Manuka honey, which is available in most Kiwi homes, is favoured by so many honey fans is that it has a higher than normal conductivity, which is an indirect measurement of mineral content of a honey - about 4 times that of normal flower honeys. UMF is not found in the nectar of all Manuka flowers, which are known as Leptospermum scoparium and belong to the the Tea Tree bushes found in New Zealand's coastal areas. (To be more accurate here, Manuka is also found in Tasmania, but it has been so successfully marketed and branded by New Zealand producers that most people see it an exclusively Kiwi product.) Some Manuka bushes do not produce honey with the UMF property every year, and the concentrations of UMF can vary from batch to batch and year to year. The reason why only some Manuka honeys have the unique UMF antibacterial property is not yet known. Researchers believe that it could be from a subspecies of Manuka or due to some environmental factor such as soil type.

Honey Bee

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Honey BeeHoney bee drinking nectar on yellow flower
Honey Bee
Honey Bee | Source
Honey bee drinking nectar on yellow flower
Honey bee drinking nectar on yellow flower | Source

Honey Extraction

Honey in a bottle

honey in abottle
honey in abottle | Source

Honey Nutritional Value


Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)

Energy 1,272 kJ (304 kcal)

Carbohydrates 82.4 g

Sugars 82.12 g

Dietary fiber 0.2 g

Fat 0g

Protein 0.3 g

VitaminsRiboflavin (B2) (3%)0.038 mg

Niacin (B3) (1%)0.121 mg

Pantothenic acid (B5) (1%)0.068 mg

Vitamin B6 (2%)0.024 mg

Folate (B9) (1%)2 μg

Vitamin C (1%)0.5 mg

Trace metalsCalcium (1%)6 mg

Iron (3%)0.42 mg

Magnesium (1%)2 mg

Phosphorus (1%)4 mg

Potassium (1%)52 mg

Sodium(0%)4 mg

Zinc(2%)0.22 mg

Other constituents

Water17.10 g

Shown is for 100 g, roughly 5 tbsp.

Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults. Source: USDA Nutrient Database

Honey Nutrition Value

Typical honey analysis

Fructose: 38.2%
Glucose: 31.3%
Maltose: 7.1%
Sucrose: 1.3%
Water: 17.2%
Higher sugars: 1.5%
Ash: 0.2%
Other/undetermined: 3.2%
Its glycemic index ranges from 31 to 78, depending on the variety.[46]

Honey has a density of about 1.36 kilograms per litre (36% denser than water).[47]

Isotope ratio mass spectrometry can be used to detect addition of corn syrup and cane sugar by the carbon isotopic signature. Addition of sugars originating from corn or sugar cane (C4 plants, unlike the plants used by bees, and also sugar beet, which are predominantly C3 plants) skews the isotopic ratio of sugars present in honey,[48] but does not influence the isotopic ratio of proteins; in an unadulterated honey, the carbon isotopic ratios of sugars and proteins should match. As low as 7% level of addition can

Killer Bees

The African honey bees in the Western Hemisphere are descended from hives operated by biologist Warwick E. Kerr, who had interbred honey bees from Europe and southern Africa. Kerr was attempting to breed a strain of bees that would produce more honey and be better adapted to tropical conditions (i.e., more productive) than the European strain of honey bee currently in use throughout North, Central and South America. The hives containing this particular African subspecies, were located at an apiary near Rio Claro, São Paulo, in the southeast of Brazil and were noted to be especially defensive. These hives had been fitted with special excluder screens (called queen excluders) in order to prevent the larger queen bees and drones from getting out and mating with local population of European bees. But in October 1957 a visiting beekeeper, noticing that the queen excluders were interfering with the worker bees movement, removed them resulting in the accidental release of 26 Tanganyikan swarms Following this accidental release, the African swarms spread out and cross-bred with local European colonies

Incidents of swarms of these killer bees. have been reported, attacking and killing pet dogs and even humans.

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