BUM­BLE­BEE BARF

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Honey is a de­li­cious nat­u­ral sweet­ener with many more nu­tri­tional ben­e­fits than ta­ble sugar. We know bees make honey out of plant nec­tar, but how?

Bees ex­tract nec­tar from flow­ers us­ing their straw-like tongues. From there, the nec­tar is stored in the bee’s ex­tra stom­ach, where it mixes and min­gles with di­ges­tive en­zymes. You may be won­der­ing, what about the barf? It starts here: This mix­ture is trans­ferred to stor­age in the hon­ey­comb from bee to bee, each re­gur­gi­tat­ing the nec­tar into an­other bee’s mouth. This vom­i­tus process is re­peated un­til the nec­tar reaches the hon­ey­comb.

At this point, the bees fan the hon­ey­comb with their wings to get ex­tra wa­ter out of the nec­tar mix­ture. Once most of the wa­ter has evap­o­rated, bees seal the combs with liq­uid from their ab­domen, which har­dens into the sub­stance we know as beeswax. Af­ter bee-ing sealed, the honey is pro­tected against air and wa­ter, cre­at­ing the per­fect pre­served food source for bees dur­ing cold win­ter months. THE NUM­BER OF EYES A BEE HAS—2 COM­POUND EYES, AND 3 TINY OCELLI EYES. SOURCE: ON­TARIO

BEEKEPER’S AS­SO­CI­A­TION

Source: Jour­nal of Epi­demi­ol­ogy & Com­mu­nity Health Ev­ery­one knows a glass of red wine has some health ben­e­fits, but white wine of­ten gets left out of the dis­cus­sion, de­spite boast­ing some sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits of its own. Re­cent re­search shows white wine also con­tains flavonoids with an­tiox­i­dant prop­er­ties that may help pre­vent can­cer—even more so than red wine! Source: Univer­sity of

Barcelona We’ll Toast to That! Feel free to cel­e­brate this news with a glass of bub­bly, as pre­lim­i­nary re­search shows drink­ing cham­pagne three times a week could help stave off de­men­tia, Alzheimer’s dis­ease, and other brain dis­or­ders due to its high lev­els of phe­no­lic acid. Just re­mem­ber, al­co­hol con­sump­tion for any rea­son (in­clud­ing health) should be done in mod­er­a­tion. Source: Read­ing Univer­sity

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