Is honey just runny sugar? Or does it have some other properties too, that make it good for you?
Here I am looking at what is in honey.
Honey is made from the nectar of the flowers of plants.
Nectar is the plant’s way of attracting pollinators - insects and birds - to it. The sugar in nectar is primarily sucrose. Sugar is a disaccharide, a double-molecule sugar made from one fructose molecule and one glucose molecule.
The bee gathers the nectar, stores it in its stomach, and brings it to the hive. After the bee has processed it, the sucrose breaks apart into fructose and glucose. Both these are easier for the body to process than sucrose.
But something else important happens in the bee’s stomach to the nectar.Read More