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Not all honeys are created equal, recent ­research shows. University of Illinois scientists have found that honey created from nectar collected from Illinois buckwheat flowers has twenty times more antioxidant content than honey produced by bees that eat the nectar of California sage. Clover honey scored in the middle.

Researchers analyzed nineteen samples of honey from fourteen different floral sources. Given antioxidants’ health benefits, researchers concluded that source flowers should be considered when evaluating honey’s antioxidant potential.

The research was recently published in the Journal of Apicultural Research. Researchers were May Berenbaum, head of the University of Illinois entomology department; Gene E. Robinson, director of the school’s bee research facility; and plant biology graduate student Steven M. Frankel.

“We’re not proposing that honey can replace fruits and vegetables,” Berenbaum says, “but we are suggesting that honey could replace sugar in a lot of contexts. Sucrose, or table sugar, is totally devoid of antioxidant phytochemicals, and replacing sucrose with honey might be an improvement in total dietary intake of antioxidants.”

Antioxidants eliminate free radicals in the human body. Free radicals are created through the process of metabolism and are believed to contribute to several serious diseases when left unchecked, says Sue Percival, an associate professor in the University of Florida Food Science and Human Nutrition Department.





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