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HEALING HONEY

There has been a focus in the news lately about where honey comes from and what it consists of. There have been concerns over honey being diluted with other syrups and these blended sweeteners masquerading as honey are now appearing on supermarket shelves.

WHAT IS HONEY MADE OF?

The composition of honey is mainly sugars and water, but it also contains several vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins as well as amino acids, proteins, antioxidants and various compounds with antibacterial actions.

Dr Nural Cokcetin, a honey researcher at the University of Technology Sydney, says a common misconception is that honey is a standard product. ‘It is incredibly complex, with over 200 components such as different simple and complex sugars and amino acids, many of which vary

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