Does Honey Expire? Is It The Food That Can Last Forever?

By | April 12, 2018

Honey, a delicious,  viscous, highly nutritious fluid secreted by honey bees on vomiting. We all are aware of numerous health benefits of honey. Essentially it plays a major role in wound healing and as a natural sweetener. Since population of diabetic patients is increasing tremendously, more number of people are opting for honey instead of sugar. Besides its nutritional qualities, honey never spoils. You know  you can eat 5000 years old honey. Isn’t it interesting? The only condition is that it should be properly sealed and stored against moisture. We all are well aware of the fact that honey does not spoiled  but have you ever thought “WHY”? Does Honey Expire?

Does Honey Expire?

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Honey isn’t a granulated white sugar, it’s still a sugar (contains 38% fructose and 32% glucose) and sugars are hygroscopic. Honey does not contain much water in its natural state. Since there is not much water, hence most of the microbes does not multiply, grow in that substrate and they don’t get chance to spoil it.

Besides low moisture content of honey, the pH of honey is between 3 to 4.5 which is too low for the survival most of spoilage causing microorganisms. This is also a reason why doesn’t honey spoil.

As mentioned above, honey is a vomited product from bees stomach. The chemical makeup bees stomach is such that it contributes honey a long shelf life. Bees stomach have a enzyme glucose oxidase which is added to honey when the nectar is regurgitated. The enzyme and nectar mix together to create Gluconic acid and Hydrogen Peroxide. The Hydrogen Peroxide serve as a hostile force for the microbial growth.

Above mentioned reasons have probably answered the question “Why honey does not spoil”. So, the next time if  you have months older honey does not feel  hesitated to consume it.

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References

https://io9.gizmodo.com/why-honey-is-the-only-food-that-doesnt-go-bad-1225915466