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Honey fed

Typically, when honey is extracted from hives many commercial companies remove all the honey and pollen, leaving nothing for the bees to feed on over winter. Instead of having their own rich natural honey and pollen to eat, they are supplemented with sugar water made from corn syrup or white sugar. This is thought to make 'commercial sense´ since sugar is cheaper than honey. Supplementing beehives with sugar can lead to weakened hives3,  and it has been suggested that it is a contributing factor in colony collapse. Most bees used to pollinate commercial crops need to be fed sugar or corn syrup.

Research4 about the effectiveness of honey on wound healing conducted on animals showed that honey from bees fed with sugar was less effective in reducing inflammation than honey from bees that produced floral honey.


3. vanEngelsdorp D, Evans JD, Saegerman C, Mullin C, Haubruge E et al. (2009) Colony Collapse Disorder: A Descriptive Study. PLOS ONE (8): e6481. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0006481.

4. Kandil A, El-Banby M, Abdel-Wahed K, Abou-Sehly G et al. (1987) Healing effect of true floral and false non-floral honey on medical wounds. Journal of Drug Research (Cairo) 17: (1-2): 71-75.