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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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Margarita Roik (10 hours ago)
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But what about the bacteria in our digestive system? The good kind. Wouldn't it hurt them too?
Honey is good medicine...... WarriorCats reference
Myles Schutte (16 days ago)
Thanks honey!
Temi Christine (20 days ago)
So... should I use honey instead of Neosporin?
Syed Sammer Haider (20 days ago)
You're telling this in 2018 AD, we knew it since 700 AD
The realest (24 days ago)
can it get rid of fever and cold.. i have raw honey straight out the beehive lol
Elizabeth Shaw (25 days 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 (25 days ago)
what about propolis?
Saab Marine (26 days ago)
Honey follow money
Matheus Ferreira (27 days ago)
shave the bees
Bernbaby burn (28 days ago)
I'm still scared of bees
LINK servis (1 month ago)
How is this not a Honey (addon thingy) advertisement?
Ethan McDonald (1 month ago)
Nah, honey aint bacterias greatest enemy. Its bacteriophages. Killing nearly 40% of the oceans bacteria every day.
Lawgx (1 month ago)
They also love jazz right?
21st century Jeronimo (1 month ago)
Well what about all the gut bacteria has there been a study on the effects of Honey on the human biome
Nitrous (1 month ago)
Was anyone else drinking a bottle of honey while watching this?😂 I’m not even joking...XD
TheTruthSeeker (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Old beekeeper! SO True!
Keenan Ahmad (1 month ago)
Sooo...I just rub honey on a bad wound and I’m golden?
internet asian boy (1 month ago)
next thing you know, people will be bathing in honey.
Ben James (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
So, if you put honey on your skin, do they suck the life out of you?
Sundaylover (1 month ago)
That botulism disclaimer came a bit late...
ME-DIC! (1 month ago)
0:08 Lol that transition is hilarious
اشتركو بقناتي مردودة ولله
Manny Tai (1 month ago)
420 heh?
rafaescate (1 month ago)
@SciShow What about the gut "good" bacteria? Excess or intake periodicity of honey would give stomach a problem?
Anirud Jampana (1 month ago)
I thought Phages were bacteria's worst enemies?
Leftie Alex (1 month ago)
Nepal has the best honey. Hallucinogenic honey.
Allen Blanco (1 month ago)
What about royal jelly?
nicole delcourt (1 month ago)
Bees are disappearing so fast ... obviously honey is not their best weapon against diseases
Johan Rosly (1 month ago)
I never see pure honey get crystalized. Only fake honey get crystalized.
Yun Wen (1 month ago)
Botulinum toxin aka BOTOX
Yun Wen (1 month ago)
*gets papercut* *squeezes all of honey on it*
Gleb Mescheryakov (1 month ago)
thats not a gluconic acid
Nedim Golos (1 month 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
Shingo Shoji (1 month ago)
Bee: I'll bee defensin this honey
Linter Yolo (1 month ago)
i though Bacteria's Worst Enemy is phage
ronch550 (1 month ago)
I asked my doctor if honey is an antibacterial substance and he said it's not true. *SO CONFUSED!!* 😢😢😢
Hugh of Sparta (1 month ago)
This motherfucker is a smart one
Ninja Sushi (1 month ago)
In fighting my jock itch by slathering my crotch in honey. Thanks SciShow.
Dinesh Kurmilla (2 months ago)
We need to take action for the bees save them! They're better than us!
The Canine Nutritionist (2 months ago)
I ❤ honey
michael gum (2 months ago)
Does honey kill the bacteria that our body needs?
El Catrin C (2 months ago)
so... if i eat a lot of honey i can live forever?¿
La stulta kato (2 months ago)
Honey: Hand sanitizer, hold my beer...
keke purple (2 months ago)
Both of my parents are bee keepers... I love bees
La Amenaza Escurridiza (2 months ago)
Como llegue aqui?
Jonathan Orr (2 months ago)
actually a bactierophage is bacterias worst enemy
Django Ray (2 months ago)
So I should cover my body with honey at least once in a while.
Arnav Rawat (2 months ago)
Bee defensin - named by the hood scientists
Arnav Rawat (2 months ago)
Aww baby gonna die from honey :(
anon wong (2 months ago)
Fuckin love bees
Shleep (2 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 (2 months ago)
Nicolas Cage fans disliked this video.
Roy Sandhy (2 months ago)
bad host
Micah van Everdingen (2 months ago)
But how does honey not kill your intestine bacteria?
A Knight that says Nee (2 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?
The demon From ink (2 months ago)
Wait.........some bacteria are good
Toycat's Watermelon (2 months ago)
Death: A person's worst fear.
Flameaway12 (2 months ago)
Bee Defensin-1 sounds like a video game skill or ability.
Crowel Lovecraft (2 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 (2 months ago)
not amouse (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 months ago)
The honey can kill???!!!
Filip G (2 months ago)
I knew honey was good for you but DAMN!
Nick Heasley (3 months ago)
Does honey affect your normal healthy gut flora?
Aslan Bayramuqlany (3 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')
Golden Butterfly (3 months ago)
Then..... Protect The Bees
Chuck Norris (3 months ago)
Thats why i covered my house with honey... "Honey! Im home!"
Chuck-U Farly (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
Honey is the bee's knees.
Santiago Arbelaez (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
God Awful Content (3 months ago)
Bees can prevent the heat death of the universe
Anomaly88man (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
honey has enough nutrients and lipids that you could live off of it
Fatima Boukhdoud (3 months ago)
Thnxx...ur videos are sooo useful
CLIMAX TV (3 months ago)
I want you to BEE my honey 🍯 baby!!
Jose Lopez (3 months ago)
What about good bacteria? Dies too?
Ibrahim Saad (3 months ago)
Does that mean that honey makes me fat????
COCO TAMA (3 months ago)
Maackiplier (3 months ago)
Botulism tho??
Maackiplier (3 months ago)
2:59 never mind...
jerolvilladolid (3 months ago)
Bacteria resistant... but contains Botulism in 10% of the Honey mass of the world. Life is a complete contradiction.
Jenni Annelieze Mellow (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
feroui hamza (3 months ago)
Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save those snails.
Hung Nguyen (1 month ago)
Yes, definitely the snails. Save them.
YoRHa No.9 Type S (1 month ago)
Private businesses are doing just that
feroui hamza (2 months ago)
Andrew Leonardi (3 months ago)
What about the good microbes :(
Denver Felix Villanueva (3 months ago)
Cristina Fisher (3 months ago)
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fulcrum 29 (3 months ago)
The natural syrup
Mr Rytte (3 months 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.

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