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Honey: Bacteria's Worst Enemy

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It may not look like it sitting in that cute bear bottle, but honey is a supercharged bacteria-killing powerhouse! Learn more about hydrogen peroxide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVSC79nxCvI Hosted by: Hank Green ---------- Support SciShow by becoming a patron on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scishow ---------- Dooblydoo thanks go to the following Patreon supporters -- we couldn't make SciShow without them! Shout out to Justin Ove, Coda Buchanan, Lucy McGlasson, Accalia Elementia, Mark Terrio-Cameron, Saul, Kathy & Tim Philip, Kevin Bealer, Christopher Collins, Thomas J., charles george, Andreas Heydeck, Patrick D. Ashmore, Justin Lentz, Will and Sonja Marple, Ed Shelley, Chris Peters, Tim Curwick, Philippe von Bergen, Fatima Iqbal. ---------- Like SciShow? Want to help support us, and also get things to put on your walls, cover your torso and hold your liquids? Check out our awesome products over at DFTBA Records: http://dftba.com/scishow ---------- Looking for SciShow elsewhere on the internet? Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scishow Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/scishow Tumblr: http://scishow.tumblr.com Instagram: http://instagram.com/thescishow ---------- Sources: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22095907 http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ed084p1643?journalCode=jceda8 http://www.compoundchem.com/2014/08/21/chemistryofhoney/ https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/aa142 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0278691510003959 http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-do-salt-and-sugar-pre/ http://www.livescience.com/33061-why-does-hydrogen-peroxide-fizz-on-cuts.html http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/961833-overview#a5 Images: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cueva_arana.jpg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cristallizzazione_del_miele_IMG_0371.JPG https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:77_1gpe.png https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Apis_mellifera_Portrait.jpg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methylglyoxal#/media/File:Pyruvaldehyde.svg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Manuka_flowers_and_native_bee.jpg
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Dinesh Kurmilla (1 day ago)
We need to take action for the bees save them! They're better than us!
I ❤ honey
michael gum (3 days ago)
Does honey kill the bacteria that our body needs?
El Catrin C (3 days ago)
so... if i eat a lot of honey i can live forever?¿
La stulta kato (3 days ago)
Honey: Hand sanitizer, hold my beer...
keke purple (6 days ago)
Both of my parents are bee keepers... I love bees
Go Fuck Yourself (7 days ago)
I don't know why did I laugh so hard at "Bee Defensin-1"
Como llegue aqui?
Jonathan Orr (9 days ago)
actually a bactierophage is bacterias worst enemy
Zeus Modi (10 days ago)
So I should cover my body with honey at least once in a while.
Arnav Rawat (10 days ago)
Bee defensin - named by the hood scientists
Arnav Rawat (10 days ago)
Aww baby gonna die from honey :(
anon wong (10 days ago)
Fuckin love bees
Shleep (10 days ago)
Lol that honey is fake it's starch corn syrup... you need raw unfiltered honey from a honey farm or from your local sprouts or Whole Foods store
Lizardnix (10 days ago)
Nicolas Cage fans disliked this video.
Roy Sandhy (11 days ago)
bad host
Micah van Everdingen (15 days ago)
But how does honey not kill your intestine bacteria?
A Knight that says Nee (19 days ago)
Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't they find jars of honey in King Tut's tomb, and it was not spoiled?
The demon From ink (21 days ago)
Wait.........some bacteria are good
Toycat's Watermelon (21 days ago)
Death: A person's worst fear.
Flameaway12 (23 days ago)
Bee Defensin-1 sounds like a video game skill or ability.
Crowel Lovecraft (24 days ago)
U forgot to mention only sugar fed bee's have flaky honey but bees who eat from the wild dont have flaky honey and doesnt have to do with the level of sugar but it has to do with the type of sigar made
Grant Olmstead (27 days ago)
not amouse (27 days ago)
The reason that botulinum spore containing honey is toxic to infants is not just immunity, its the anaerobic environment of infant intestines that causes the botulinum bacterium to reproduce. As they get older, their intestines get larger and become a less sealed environment.
Josman Ruiz Lorenzo (1 month ago)
1:34, No wonder my mouth and throat burn like drinking alcohol when I ate/chugged handfuls of honey like a bear. I always thought that it was the immense amount of sugar in honey that caused the burning sensation.
M (1 month ago)
This honestly makes me wonder when people say drink tea when you're sick, what they actually mean is to drink honey water.
Laura Sofía Vásquez (1 month ago)
The honey can kill???!!!
Filip G (1 month ago)
I knew honey was good for you but DAMN!
Fz-07 Rider (1 month ago)
Does honey affect your normal healthy gut flora?
Aslan Bayramuqlany (1 month ago)
"And your Lord revealed to the honey bee: 'Make homes in the mountains, in the trees and in the structures they raise. [68] Then, eat from all the fruits and go along the pathways of your Lord made easy for you!' From their bellies comes out a drink of various colours in which there is cure for people. Surely, in that there is a sign for a people who ponder. [69]" (from commentary 'Maariful Quran')
Golden Butterfly (1 month ago)
Then..... Protect The Bees
Chuck Norris (1 month ago)
Thats why i covered my house with honey... "Honey! Im home!"
Chuck-U Farly (1 month ago)
Good video but is does give a misleading idea that bees are manufacturing honey like a cook when he says they put this and that in the honey. The way bees actually make honey by consuming the pollen then throwing up. Yes, honey is bee vomit. Yum!
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So is honey at all beneficial for skin via direct application?
Mr. King Kitty (1 month ago)
Honey is the bee's knees.
Santiago Arbelaez (1 month ago)
scishow said in the video about toxic substances that you kids under 12 shouldnt eat honey and here they said kids under 1.Could you please clarify?
Shay Lyrics (1 month ago)
God Awful Content (1 month ago)
Bees can prevent the heat death of the universe
Anomaly88man (1 month ago)
Honey never rots, it kills bacteria so good! I also know that silver, and nitrous oxide kills bacteria too. Most people think there's just air in chip bags, but it's actually nitrous oxide!
Marc Kuo (1 month ago)
honey has enough nutrients and lipids that you could live off of it
Fatima Boukhdoud (1 month ago)
Thnxx...ur videos are sooo useful
CLIMAX TV (1 month ago)
I want you to BEE my honey 🍯 baby!!
Jose Lopez (1 month ago)
What about good bacteria? Dies too?
DEAD BRO44 (1 month ago)
Does that mean that honey makes me fat????
COCO TAMA (1 month ago)
Maackiplier (1 month ago)
Botulism tho??
Maackiplier (1 month ago)
2:59 never mind...
jerolvilladolid (1 month ago)
Bacteria resistant... but contains Botulism in 10% of the Honey mass of the world. Life is a complete contradiction.
Jenni Annelieze Mellow (1 month ago)
Ahhhhh that's so interesting... even though honey bees as we know them are an invasive species. honey bees, not the other bees, just honey bees
Bluewaffel4lyfe (1 month ago)
feroui hamza (1 month ago)
Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save those snails.
feroui hamza (10 days ago)
Shrish J. (10 days ago)
George Carlin right?
Andrew Leonardi (1 month ago)
What about the good microbes :(
Cristina Fisher (1 month ago)
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fulcrum 29 (1 month ago)
The natural syrup
Mr Rytte (1 month ago)
Pure Honey works great at healing a burn, but it doesn't take the fire out. I keep some in the fridge just for burns. I spilled boiling gravy on my toes last month. I washed them off and put the honey on them. The pain was gone in an hour. 4 hours later most redness was gone. Next day you could not see a burn or any blisters. The toes felt completely normal as though never burned. I've used honey for Burns for 35+ years after reading about it in a natural health booklet. I can't remember the booklets name or the other stuff in it. I've even used honey on 3rd degree burns. They completely healed, no graphs needed and hair grew back on that spot on my arm. Honey works on sunburns too. Just be cautious on how much area you cover because honey doesn't have to be digested for the glucose to go into the body. That's why it heals so fast, instant food for damaged cells. Use your own judgement, I'm not a doctor. But I'm Alwis Haph Rytte, the other half is left, LOL.
KariahLuke Channel (1 month ago)
Does it also kill good bacteria too? Please give links so we can check
Maya Pilkey (1 month ago)
Another bacteria can survive in honey. The lactic acid bacteria from the bees stomachs survive and thrive when water is added to honey and it ferments. The bacteria works as a natural antibiotic that kills antibiotic resistant infections
Joey G (1 month ago)
Dude I’m sick i’m going to eat like half the bottle
Honey, Where Are You?
Mary Stachowiak (2 months ago)
I prefer Glass. Plastic and cans are being lined with what was created to be a, Rubber with Spermacidal properties! Soda cans to potato chip bags to soup cans! The Pharmaceutical pipeline, to... Viagra anyone!
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sanjay srinivasan (2 months ago)
Ayurveda says this since thousands of years
insanemaori (2 months ago)
Yes it's true, honey can destroy everything including your bank account. A small 250g jar of pure nz manuka honey will set you back $150+ while it is amazing if you can afford it, it ain't no magic potion. Healthy diet and regular exercise you'll be right
LennyThroughParadise (2 months ago)
I’m having a throat infection right now and the tea with honey I’m drinking seems to be the best remedy..
Adarsh Pathak (2 months ago)
Amazing content...... started to love this channel
Sokol (2 months ago)
Honey can never spoil.
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kryptonyx : (2 months ago)
If eating bacteria's worst enemy... Kills bacteria, wouldn't that also mean that the "good" bacteria will also be affected, e.g. the bacteria that helps us digest food?
TorroDash (2 months ago)
mum, give me the honey
abdlghani akrach (2 months ago)
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maxis2k (2 months ago)
But does honey hurt the good bacteria in our gut?
Dettol (2 months ago)
No infact repairs the good bacteria
Some bees are actually NOT in dnager, unless we cut all flowers in the world because thats how they get food for their queen so the queen can produce more bees. As I was saying, there are still bees that are still in a healthy population, some of them are kept in the wild and some of then are kept in captivity, bees that produce honey in the wild will actually be left alone, since there are tons of them at national parks, bees that produce honey near a human or near humans have a little chance of an extra year of surviving, if the bees are treated well. And thats it, some bees are not in danger.
Scott Mantooth (2 months ago)
bees are simply amazing critters
Miðgarðsormr Apophis (2 months ago)
When I called my girlfriend honey, she started to turn into a viscous antimicrobial substance, because when you call someone something, it actually causes them to become that thing. /msacras/
Smerbo The Fleeb (2 months ago)
I am bacteria I feel victimised
Michael (2 months ago)
This video was bee-dazzling. Pretty sweet too.
Mark Canoso (2 months ago)
Does that mean I found a better version of alcohol?
Peter Welsh (2 months ago)
Note to self, honey on wounds. Locally produced of course, from the farmers market. Squirt bottle of honey and bandaids check!
Gibran Cordova (2 months ago)
Honey is nothing but bee vomit/barf/puke/regurgitation. Greetings!
sonicgenerations 8 (3 months ago)
Why we need anti biotics
Dumb Fuck (3 months ago)
Will it help acne?
Wolf Films (3 months ago)
We are not the only ones who put antibiotics in our food.
Rob Davidson (3 months ago)
Oh beeehaaavve
margaret m. (3 months ago)
What is raw honey? From Germany or Greece?
cecchinosniper (3 months ago)
Soooo.... do i just put diluted honey on wounds?
William Miller (3 months ago)
sucks that Woo ads piggyback on science education.
bob king (3 months ago)
Yay I’ve got Manuka honey but I do live in nz so that’s just normal honey
Zarathustra Zarath (3 months ago)
*s t i c k y s w e e t s t u f f*
Galatea (3 months ago)
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Geoanne Estrada (3 months ago)
I want to be the first woman to create a cure for cancer using honey 🍯, one that actually works, I assure you it isn't out of vanity rather it is because I'd like to save someone important in my life 😊
turntechGeneticist (3 months ago)
Geoanne Estrada sorry to tell you but cancer isn’t bacteria
Hypastpist (3 months ago)
so if you have a wound you can just smear honey on it?
Miles Huff (3 months ago)
Couldn't we pasteurize the honey to kill the Botulinum spores?
DerpyMcDerpell (3 months ago)
Save the bees! Just don’t jumpscare me with close-ups!
Hanan Awan (3 months ago)
Can honey be synthesized?
SuperElevator Man3000 (3 months ago)
Fights infections and bacteria? I gotta eat it almost every day I guess...?
five six (3 months ago)
MashaAllah! bees are better than most insects
Jonny Crono (3 months ago)
I enjoy the existence of this charismatic dude so much. Informative and concise with a touch of humor here and there. Awesome.
Linda Zantasa (3 months ago)
I love honey

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