Sunday, June 16, 2024

KOKO Knows: Honey Outlives Everything

Asides from being one of the sweetest things you could ever taste, honey is probably the only food that does not spoil while in an edible state. Its incredible versatility and health benefits make its a cabinet must have and with this new revelation you can stock up on it without fear of spoilage. But why doesn’t honey spoil? Honey is a sugar. You may have heard all sorts of things about the health benefits of substituting honey for sugar, which may or may not be true. While honey isn’t the same as regular, granulated, white sugar, it’s still a sugar. And sugars are hygroscopic – they don’t contain much water in their natural state. And very few bacteria and microorganisms can live in the resulting low-moisture environment.

Another thing that sets honey apart from other sugars is its acidity. Honey’s pH is between 3 and 4.5 (or, more precisely, 3.26-4.48), which also kills off anything trying to make a home in it.

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