Honey and Its Nutritional Properties

Honey is a pretty amazing substance and there is much more than just a sweet-tasting treat. Honey plays a crucial role in the life of a bee and can also be very beneficial to the human body. We invite you to learn more about honey and bees and how they can enrich our lives.

  • There are more than 25,000 species of bees worldwide.
  • The lifespan of an adult worker bee is about 45 days during the summer months.
  • A typical bee colony consists of 30,000 to 60,000 bees.
  • Male bees are called "drones" and have no stingers, their sole purpose is to mate with the queen bee.
  • A queen bee can sting several times without dying.
  • 99% of the bee colony is made up of female bees known as worker bees.
  • The average bee wings flap more than 183 times per second.
  • Bees have an excellent sense of smell that allows them to find their hive.
  • The bees dance when they return to the hive to tell the other bees where the flowers are.
  • Honey is the only food source produced by an insect that humans eat.
  • Worker bees transform the floral nectar they collect into honey by adding enzymes to the nectar and reducing moisture.

What's In Honey?

Honey contains small amounts of proteins, enzymes, vitamins and minerals. Honey is known to be rich in antioxidants.

Features 

Each variety of honey has characteristics that make each one unique. Some of the main features are color, granulation, moisture content, fructose sugar levels and glucose sugar levels. Granulation is given a numerical value to determine at what point honey tends to crystallize or granularize. The levels of levulose, dextrose and humidity are based on a percentage.

Pure Honey

Pure honey sold contains all pollen, enzymes and other micronutrients that are normally filtered or destroyed by heat when honey is processed. Traditionally, honey is heated and filtered to keep it liquid much longer. Pure honey will crystallize quickly because it is not filtered.

Uses

Honey has been used for everything from skin care to mead (honey wine). Honey is widely preferred as a sweetener because it is also a flavor enhancer. The wide variety of flavors available from different honeys makes honey a delight for gourmet food.

Storage

Honey found in an ancient Egyptian tomb turned out to be as healthy as fresh honey. However, honey will ferment if diluted with moisture from the atmosphere or with other liquids. Prevent fermentation by keeping the honey containers tightly closed.

Crystallization

It is defined as a natural honey process that changes it from liquid to solid. Some people think that honey is spoiled as it crystallizes, crystallization in honey occurs when honey molecules are at optimal temperature. Then it starts to crystallize. This has a lot to do with the way honey is stored, crystallized in larger amounts if stored in cold temperatures, if the honey becomes crystallized very quickly only means that the honey has not been liquefied properly.
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