Did you know that the honeybee has been around for millions of years?
Honey is a sweet substance produced by bees from the nectar of flowers. It has been used for thousands of years as food and medicine, but it’s also an important source of income for beekeepers around the world. This article will give you some interesting information about this natural product.
The honeycomb structure that we see in beehives comes from hexagonal cells made up of wax paper or waxy material. The comb is built on top of frames which are placed inside wooden boxes called hives. These structures can vary greatly depending on what type of hive they’re designed to hold. Some have movable parts while others don’t.
The Most Interesting Honey Facts
1 Honey was so in demand in the eleventh century that German peasants offered it to their feudal lords as payment.
2 Male honeybees, also known as drones, have no stinger and do not work at all. Their only purpose is to mate with the queen bee.
3 The queen bee can live up to five years, and her role is to fill the hive with eggs. During the summer, she can lay up to 2,500 eggs per day.
4 Honey is beneficial to diabetics since its low glycemic index regulates and lowers their blood sugar.
5 A hive of bees flies 90,000 miles (144,840 kilometers), the equivalent of three orbits around the earth, to collect a single kilogram of honey.
6 Athletes who take water and honey before running have a better athletic performance than those who don’t since honey helps maintain their glycogen levels.
7 It contains an antioxidant called pinocembrin, which helps improve your brain functioning.
8 Regular consumption of honey may help prevent bacterial stomach infections and stomach ulcers given its natural antibacterial properties.
9 Honey is the only food produced by insects that humans can eat.
10 Honey contains antioxidants and flavonoids that reduce your risk of contracting heart disease and cancer.
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You can live a sustained life on honey alone. It contains all the necessary substances to sustain life. These include enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water. Additionally, honey stored in airtight containers never goes bad. In fact, sealed honey vats found in King Tut’s crypt still had edible honey in spite of having spent over 2,000 years underneath the desert.
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