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Here are some alternate titles considered for this blog post: “Honey: It’s What the Doctor Ordered,” “Pour Some Honey on Me,” “Harry Potter and the Unkillable Honey-Man.” That last one's mostly to try and score some extra Google hits, but any of them would be appropriate for this blog post over at Scientific American, which describes what two recent studies have found about the healing properties of sweet bee vomit.

If you’re like me, you never leave the house without a light coating of honey, and now we’re beginning to understand why that might be a good thing. The studies indicate that honey might be capable of changing how your body deals with harmful bacteria, encouraging a different antibacterial response mechanism than your body might naturally use. Understanding exactly how this works could be very important if we’re going to stay one step ahead of bacteria developing resistance to our current antibiotics. Check it out! And stay sticky! (That’s gross. I take it back.)

Image: BBC Good Food

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