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Honey: Bacteria's Worst Enemy

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  1. Since ancient times, honey has been used to keep wounds from getting infected. Today, we use purified and standardized versions of honey to fight infections in hospitals. 00:20

  2. Honey contains more sugar than would normally dissolve at that temperature, making it desperate for water. It kills bacteria by sucking the moisture out of any bacterium that tries to grow within it. 00:45

  3. Bees literally put antibiotics in honey. Some honey contains Bee Defensin-1, which protects bees from certain types of bacteria. Manuka honey contains methylglyoxal. 02:05