Honey is hygroscopic meaning it attracts water. Honey speeds up the healing process of wounds and burns. It speeds up the healing process by closing and steralising wounds therefore preventing the growth of bacteria and is used in hospitals for treating deep wounds, burns or ulcers. Most micro-organisms do not grow in honey because of its low water activity. Jarrah Honey (West Australia) is well known for being a healing honey. Click here to read more about Jarrah.
Honey is also a great natural sweetener and has a multitude of benefits that many people don’t know about. Have you ever had an unrelenting sore throat? Honey has proven to be a natural throat soother! Are you an athlete looking for a natural energy boost? Then choose honey for its unique blend of natural sweeteners to provide stamina and assist in muscle recovery.
Other interesting information about Honey
The worker bees are in charge of preparing the honey. Nectar is collected from flowers which is a sugary syrup derived from plant sap. As many as 10 000 flowers a day may be visited by a bee. Honey involves a partial or complete inversion of sucrose. This conversion process takes place in the worker bee’s stomach which is called the honey-sac. Nectar sucrose with the addition of the enzyme invertase is converted to dextrose (grape sugar) and levulose (fruit sugar). The completion of this conversion takes place in the cells where it is ripened under a sealed cap.
The colour of honey depends on the flower source, as does the taste. It can range from a straw colour or red-orange to a forest black colour and even pearly white and is characteristic of the flower source that the bees are collecting nectar from.
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