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Honey Facts

  • Name: Honey
  • Type of Food: Viscous Liquid
  • Sources: Bees
  • Total Calories: 64 (one tablespoon, 21 grams)
  • Total Fat: None (one tablespoon, 21 grams)
  • Total Protein: Negligible Amounts (one tablespoon, 21 grams)
  • Total Carbohydrates: 17 grams (one tablespoon, 21 grams)

28 Honey Facts for Kids

  1. Honey is a viscous food substance created by honeybees.
  2. Honey is sweet and can be white, yellow or orange.
  3. Honey’s flavor and color is determined by the flowers the nectar was gathered from.
  4. Honey is the only food produced by insects to be eaten by humans.
  5. Honeybees create honey from the nectar of flowers and store it in honeycombs inside of their nest.
  6. Honey can be harvested from wild bee colonies or from domesticated beehives.
  7. Beekeeping (apiculture) is the practice of raising domesticated bees in manmade beehives to produce honey.
  8. A domesticated beehive can produce on average around 65 pounds of honey annually.
  9. Properly sealed and stored honey can last thousands of years because most microorganisms can’t grow in it.
  10. According to FAOSTAT, the worldwide production of honey exceeded 2 million tons in 2018.
  11. According to FAOSTAT, the largest producer of honey in 2018 was China with over 492,000 tons.
  12. According to FAOSTAT, the United States of America produced over 76,000 tons of honey in 2018.
  13. Based on data from FAOSTAT, China produced over 24% of the world’s honey supply in 2018.
  14. There are several different types of honey you can purchase in the grocery store. They are baker’s honey, chuck honey, comb honey, creamed honey, crystallized honey, dried honey, filtered honey, pasteurized honey, raw honey, strained honey and ultrasonicated honey.
  15. Honey is a popular food staple and is used in baking, beverages, cooking, deserts and as a natural sweetener.
  16. Honey is made out of 80% sugar and 20% water.
  17. One tablespoon of honey (21 grams) contains 64 calories.
  18. One tablespoon of honey (21 grams) contains no fats.
  19. One tablespoon of honey (21 grams) contains no cholesterol.
  20. One tablespoon of honey (21 grams) contains 1 milligram of sodium.
  21. One tablespoon of honey (21 grams) contains 17 grams of carbohydrates.
  22. One tablespoon of honey (21 grams) contains no dietary fiber.
  23. One tablespoon of honey (21 grams) contains 17 grams of sugar.
  24. One tablespoon of honey (21 grams) contains negligible amounts of protein.
  25. One tablespoon of honey (21 grams) contains 11 milligrams of potassium.
  26. Mad honey intoxication, also known as grayanotoxin poisoning, is caused by the consumption of honey produced from nectar containing grayanotoxins.
  27. In the United States, the month of September is known as Honey Month. Honey Month was creatged to help promote and celebrate beekeepers and beekeeping.
  28. Honey that was discovered in Egyptian Tombs and over 5,000 years old was still edible.

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