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What's in Honey

Honey is a wonderfully complex and exotic food. Each honey is a unique blend of 200 or so constituents that vary with its nectar and honeydew sources. Honey also contains tiny amounts of pollen, bee enzymes and microorganisms, and fragments of beeswax and propolis (see page 58).

Sugars form around 81 per cent of honey's weight. Next is water, at 14–18 per cent. The remaining three per cent include enzymes, acids, proteins, plant pigments, minerals, vitamins and various other substances. One tablespoon of honey supplies about 22 calories of energy and 17g of carbohydrate as sugars.

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