Fun Food Fact #2: Honey Is The Sweetest Deal

As much as 40% of all of the food produced in The United States is discarded due to misunderstandings of expiration dates. Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to worry about expiration dates anymore?! One food item virtually never goes bad. No, it’s not spam or condensed milk. It’s that sweet syrup produced by buzzing little beauties- honey! Honey keeps for so long mainly because it is dehydrated with a low water content of 0.6, preventing the substance from fermenting. It is composed of glucose and fructose which provides its sweet flavor.

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Although honey is probably the sweetest deal you can get on a food item, it does come at a high price when all factors are accounted for. Honeybees must tap two million flowers to make one pound of honey. According to agday.com, a hive of bees must fly over 55,000 miles to bring us this one pound of honey! Honey bees have been dropping rapidly across the globe in the last decade, but luckily there are initiatives to keep bees buzzing in Orange County including Backyard Bees, who are keeping hives alive!

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Photos Courtsey of vegansoapbox.com