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Amazing facts about honey

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The oldest evidence of honey dates back to nearly 5000 years, when archeologists found traces of it in a tomb in Georgia. If ancient Greek religion deemed it as the food of Gods, in Hinduism it is known as one of the five elixirs of immortality (panchamrit). Honey remains among the most intriguing and interesting food items as research and history have conflicting facts around it. Have a look at some amazing facts about honey.

Honey is made with 80% sugars and 20% water. 1 table spoon honey has 64 calories.

If stored in air tight containers, it never spoils.

A honey bee visits from 50 to 100 flowers during a nectar collection trip.

Honey is said to be the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water; and it’s the only food that contains “pinocembrin”, anantioxidant associated with improved brain functioning.

Honey is generally safe but people with weakened immune system must avoid it as it may lead to fungal and bacterial infection.

The taste of honey depends upon the flower from which the bee has gathered pollen. Polyfloral honey is the one which is derived from the nectar of many types of flowers. It is also known as wildflower honey.
Doctors advice against feeding honey to infants below one year as it may lead to botulism.

Equal amounts of honey, vinegar and water mixed together and drank is said to cleanse the body.

Honey is the main ingredient in the alcoholic beverage mead, which is also known as “honey wine” or “honey beer”.

A variety of honey called honeydew honey is made from the secretions of plant or sap sucking insects. It is dark brown in colour with fruity fragrance.

Traditional medicine claims honey can cure acne, heal cuts and wounds, give relief in cough and cold, treat allergies, fight infections, prevent bad breadth, improve digestion and prevent hair loss, although many of these cures still await scientific ratification.

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