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Vitamins and minerals

Honey contains small amounts of vitamins A, B, including folic acid, C, D, E and K. The vitamin C content of different honeys varies from 5–150mg per 100g, depending mainly on how much pollen there is in a honey.

Honey also has small amounts of minerals, including aluminium, calcium, chromium, chlorine, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silica, sodium, sulphur and zinc. The amounts depend on the mineral content of the soil that nurtured the plants from which a honey's nectar and honeydew sources originated. Darker honeys are usually richer in minerals.

Health benefits

The amounts of honey's vitamins and minerals are small, but help meet our needs.

Consuming 1.2g of honey per 1kg bodyweight nearly doubles the blood's vitamin C.

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