A sweet viscous substance produced by bees from the nectar of flowers. It's sweetness is comparable to table sugar and comes in a variety of golden hues depending on the flowers used to produce it. It is very commonly used as an alternative to sugar in sweetening baked goods or beverages.
Humans have been collecting honey for at least 10,000 years and it is used in many cultures across the planet. It has a very low water content and therefore is often used as a natural anti-bacterial and preservative. Recently it has been shown (1, LINK NAME) that honey can help reduce weight gain and even help control diabetes in animal models.
baked goods, beverages, spreads, sauces, some beer
Possible Health Effects
Honey should not be given to infants as it can contain the spores of a bacteria that are dangerous for their immature digestive tracts.
See Possible Health Effects section
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