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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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Piak Piak (1 day ago)
Too bad alot of the honey in big box stores are fake
kabi Raj Adhikari (1 day ago)
Alyssa Rocha (2 days ago)
I know this video is very old but I stumbled upon it recently and wanted to share my medical honey experience! About a week about my Doberman pincher got ran over by a car and his back leg foot was completely degloved; meaning the skin was ripped away from his foot. I took him to my vet (my work; I’m a kennel tech) and my boss used honey to help the wound heal. His foot is starting to look AMAZING and healing beautifully only after a week!!!! I thought I was going to have to amputate it but we are able to save his foot thanks to honey!! :)
Truth in Revolt (3 days ago)
just a heads up, if you are in the united states literally 99% of the "Honey" you see in the store is NOWHERE CLOSE TO REAL HONEY!!!! So you will NOT see any of these benefits with that. even if its "organic" its not relay honey. your best bet is to buy local honey if possible, that will also help with seasonal allergies because you are getting exposed to small amounts of pollen local to you
John Wick (6 days ago)
Your right shoulder is lower than left shoulder
jaime carras (6 days ago)
What about the effect of honey in the gut microbiome?
Roland Carver (11 days ago)
Ok so don’t eat it. Just clean wounds with it.
CANDI K (15 days ago)
Zero the Dragon King (24 days ago)
"Bacteria's worst enemy" Worse than phages?
titania boloria (30 days ago)
*THANK U*!!!
Nico Winchester (30 days ago)
does this mean he has left crash course ?
Петър Жотев (30 days ago)
Honey is so badass
I like this channel.
Nobody (1 month ago)
I want to bee with my honey
Wolf Films (1 month ago)
*sponsored by honey*
mr. applejuice (1 month ago)
Don't give honey to babies it will destroy their weak immune systems
mr. applejuice (1 month ago)
So this is the new Jilly juice
Sietze van de Burgt (1 month ago)
If it is not heated it’s is actually used for its enzymes.!!! Also using it to extract certain things it will work !!!
Sietze van de Burgt (1 month ago)
heating destroys the enzymes!!
H. DeLoy Johnson (1 month ago)
Honey is not the problem; it’s the insulin sensitivity response of the human body..... always suppress the insulin sensitivity effects before consuming any sugar I.e. exercise, cinnamon, magnesium, chromium , “carb blocker” etc...
Udon (1 month ago)
kimmeliten (1 month ago)
Could honey be good for dental hygiene?
Me AndMeToo (1 month ago)
Anything to hold me from putting honey on wounds ?
Lecnaj Sinalem (1 month ago)
So no need for me to stop eating sweets!!
Wines town (1 month ago)
This is an old video but do you mean even good bacreria?
The26 (1 month ago)
This video made me want to eat honey. Thank you, I guess.
luuke luketer (2 months ago)
but does it kill all bacteria ???? I was told that we need certain bacteria in our body like the ones found in yogurt........
do you think honey could destroy your gut flora? I wonder if it's something you should only consume when sick. anyone have any info on this?
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But what about the bacteria in our digestive system? The good kind. Wouldn't it hurt them too?
Boleslovas Švitrigaila (2 months ago)
Honey is good medicine...... WarriorCats reference
Myles Schutte (2 months ago)
Thanks honey!
Temi Christine (2 months ago)
So... should I use honey instead of Neosporin?
Syed Sammer Haider (2 months ago)
You're telling this in 2018 AD, we knew it since 700 AD
The realest (2 months ago)
can it get rid of fever and cold.. i have raw honey straight out the beehive lol
Elizabeth Shaw (2 months ago)
I purchase local raw unfiltered honey. I make a German honey cake and it stays soft and delicious 4 weeks as long as it's in an airtight tin. I lived overseas in many countries and all of them had baby food cereals that contained honey?
graymalkinmendel (2 months ago)
what about propolis?
Saab Marine (2 months ago)
Honey follow money
Matheus Ferreira (3 months ago)
shave the bees
Bernbaby burn (3 months ago)
I'm still scared of bees
LINK servis (3 months ago)
How is this not a Honey (addon thingy) advertisement?
Ethan McDonald (3 months ago)
Nah, honey aint bacterias greatest enemy. Its bacteriophages. Killing nearly 40% of the oceans bacteria every day.
Lawgx (3 months ago)
They also love jazz right?
21st century Jeronimo (3 months ago)
Well what about all the gut bacteria has there been a study on the effects of Honey on the human biome
Nitrous (3 months ago)
Was anyone else drinking a bottle of honey while watching this?😂 I’m not even joking...XD
TheTruthSeeker (3 months ago)
Hi, I'm a nerd. I'm supposed to know everything while being a cynic and talking down to you. I actually am giving you inaccurate information. I'm just playing the role of a nerd to convince you that knowledge turns you into this; A cynical mean spirited athiest.
Fr Louie Goad (3 months ago)
Old beekeeper! SO True!
Keenan Ahmad (3 months ago)
Sooo...I just rub honey on a bad wound and I’m golden?
internet asian boy (3 months ago)
next thing you know, people will be bathing in honey.
Ben James (3 months ago)
Have strep throat this past week and I am genuinely not exaggerating when I say I have been pouring honey down my throat....
765respect (3 months ago)
And that is why I have 2 acres of lawn full of clover, dandelions, and what nots. No artificial anything allowed on it. Just dogs, cats and wild life.
ClickBaiter Hater (3 months ago)
So, if you put honey on your skin, do they suck the life out of you?
Sundaylover (3 months ago)
That botulism disclaimer came a bit late...
ME-DIC! (3 months ago)
0:08 Lol that transition is hilarious
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Manny Tai (3 months ago)
420 heh?
rafaescate (3 months ago)
@SciShow What about the gut "good" bacteria? Excess or intake periodicity of honey would give stomach a problem?
Anirud Jampana (3 months ago)
I thought Phages were bacteria's worst enemies?
Leftie Alex (3 months ago)
Richard's World Traveler (3 months ago)
Nepal has the best honey. Hallucinogenic honey.
A Blanco (3 months ago)
What about royal jelly?
N. D (3 months ago)
Bees are disappearing so fast ... obviously honey is not their best weapon against diseases
Johan Rosly (3 months ago)
I never see pure honey get crystalized. Only fake honey get crystalized.
Yun Wen (3 months ago)
Botulinum toxin aka BOTOX
Yun Wen (3 months ago)
*gets papercut* *squeezes all of honey on it*
Gleb Mescheryakov (3 months ago)
thats not a gluconic acid
Nedim Golos (3 months ago)
And your Lord inspired to the bee, "Take for yourself among the mountains, houses, and among the trees and [in] that which they construct. ۝ Then eat from all the fruits and follow the ways of your Lord laid down [for you]." There emerges from their bellies a drink, varying in colors, in which there is healing for people. Indeed in that is a sign for a people who give thought. — Surat An-Nahl 16:68-69
Bee: I'll bee defensin this honey
Linter Yolo (3 months ago)
i though Bacteria's Worst Enemy is phage
ronch550 (3 months ago)
I asked my doctor if honey is an antibacterial substance and he said it's not true. *SO CONFUSED!!* 😢😢😢
Ninja Sushi (4 months ago)
In fighting my jock itch by slathering my crotch in honey. Thanks SciShow.
Dinesh Kurmilla (4 months ago)
We need to take action for the bees save them! They're better than us!
The Canine Nutritionist (4 months ago)
I ❤ honey
michael gum (4 months ago)
Does honey kill the bacteria that our body needs?
El Catrin C (4 months ago)
so... if i eat a lot of honey i can live forever?¿
La stulta kato (4 months ago)
Honey: Hand sanitizer, hold my beer...
keke purple (4 months ago)
Both of my parents are bee keepers... I love bees
La Amenaza Escurridiza (4 months ago)
Como llegue aqui?
Jonathan Orr (4 months ago)
actually a bactierophage is bacterias worst enemy
Django Ray (4 months ago)
So I should cover my body with honey at least once in a while.
Arnav Rawat (4 months ago)
Bee defensin - named by the hood scientists
Arnav Rawat (4 months ago)
Aww baby gonna die from honey :(
anon wong (4 months ago)
Fuckin love bees
Shleep (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
Nicolas Cage fans disliked this video.
Roy Sandhy (4 months ago)
bad host
Micah van Everdingen (4 months ago)
But how does honey not kill your intestine bacteria?
A Knight that says Nee (4 months 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?
Raging Water (4 months ago)
Wait.........some bacteria are good
Toycat's Watermelon (4 months ago)
Death: A person's worst fear.
Flameaway12 (4 months ago)
Bee Defensin-1 sounds like a video game skill or ability.
Crowel Lovecraft (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
not amouse (4 months 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 (5 months 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 (5 months 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 (5 months ago)
The honey can kill???!!!
Filip G (5 months ago)
I knew honey was good for you but DAMN!
Nick Heasley (5 months ago)
Does honey affect your normal healthy gut flora?
Aslan Bayramuqlany (5 months 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')

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