by Chris Ellis, Staff Nutritionist
The miraculous source of honey is primarily the honey bee. The honey bee works very hard to make its incredible product. In fact it has been reported that a bee travels approximately three times around the world searching for food that they will then convert into about 17 ounces of honey. Honey is a delicious sweetener. Honey bees as well as other varieties of bees are hard-working insects that are struggling to survive in this world. Bees live in large colonies in a hive and they fly around collecting nectar from an assortment of plants that they mix with saliva in their mouths. The bees then use their special, often referred to as "honey stomachs" to ingest and regurgitate the honey until it is partially digested and is eventually transformed into delicious honey. The bees store the honey in the cells and walls of the hive until extraction takes place by humans who manage the hives.