Apr 11, 2010

Soule Restaurant's Food Facts: Honey

Bacteria doesn’t survive in honey, so it never spoils. In fact, honey was found in ancient Egyptian tombs, approximately 2000 years old, and still edible!

As it ages, the crystallization process of honey puts it in a solid form that can be warmed and liquefied, retaining all of its properties.

Ancient Egyptian doctors used honey to treat open wounds, speeding up the healing process and saving countless lives that might have been lost due to infections from injuries during the construction of the pyramids.

Scientists today have found that honey contains hydrogen peroxide which

kills germs, but also has the remarkable ability to kill the most resilient bacterium such as Staphylococcus Aureus.

Another interesting property is that when honey is applied to burns or wounds, they often heal without leaving scars. Scientists are unsure why, but they suspect that the glucose in the honey combines chemically with collagen that makes up scar tissue in a way that prevents it from forming.

Honey is a natural sugar that is sweeter than granulated sugar. Both contain glucose and fructose; however, in sugar, the fructose and glucose bind together while in honey, they remain separate. Fructose does not convert to energy as efficiently as glucose and is often converted to fat stores. It’s bound to glucose in sugar, which inhibits absorption, making honey a better nutritional option. Honey also contains antioxidants that must be obtained through diet, as well as vitamins and minerals, although the type and amount varies based on the pollen collected.

Because of its pollen base, a tablespoon of honey a day is purported to build antibodies to allergens naturally.

Any reason to doubt why it was considered the Nectar of the Gods?

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