Does Honey Expire? Is It The Food That Can Last Forever?

Honey is a delicious, viscous and highly nutritious fluid secreted by bees. We are all aware of the many health benefits of honey. It essentially plays an important role in wound healing and as a natural sweetener. As the population of diabetic patients is increasing dramatically, more people are choosing honey over sugar. In addition to its nutritional qualities, honey never goes bad. You know you can eat 5,000-year-old honey. Isn't that interesting? The only condition is that it is well sealed and stored against moisture. We all know that honey doesn't spoil, but have you ever thought why?


Honey is not a white granulated sugar, it is still a sugar (it contains 38% fructose and 32% glucose) and the sugars are hygroscopic. Honey does not contain much water in its natural state. As there is not much water, so most microbes do not multiply, they grow on that substrate and have no chance of spoiling it.


Besides the low moisture content of honey, the pH of honey is too low for the survival of most spoilage microorganisms. This is also a reason why honey does not spoil.


Honey is a product vomited from the bees' stomach. The chemical composition of the bees' stomach is such that it contributes to the long life of the honey. The bee's stomach has an enzyme, glucose oxidase, which is added to the honey and nectar. The enzyme and nectar mix to create gluconic acid and hydrogen peroxide. The hydrogen peroxide serves as a hostile force for microbial growth.


The reasons mentioned above have probably answered the question why honey does not spoil? Therefore, do not hesitate to consume honey.
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