Is it true that honey doesn’t go off?

Is it true that honey doesn't go off?

This is a question I’m often asked. Well here’s the answer!
The ancient Egyptians kept domestic bees and sealed pots of honey were found in the graves of pharaohs such as Tutankhamun. If properly sealed, this 5000 year old honey was found to be edible! There are a few factors that can extend honeys use-by date to millennia. It is 95% sugar, equally divided between glucose and fructose. Sugars are hygroscopic, which means they contain little water in their natural state, but can readily absorb moisture if left exposed to it.
Honey in its natural form is very low moisture, very few bacteria or micro organisms can survive in extremely dehydrated environment, certainly not long enough to spoil the honey.
Honey is also naturally extremely acidic, with a ph of 3-4.5, which will kill most bacteria.
Nectar, which the bees use to make the honey, is naturally high in moisture – 60 to 80%. Before processing, the bees remove some of this by flapping their wins over the nectar, each droplet is then swallowed and regurgitated up to 50 times in order to dehydrate it further.
Furthermore, an enzyme in the bee’s stomach called glucose oxidise creates small amounts of hydrogen peroxide, which is highly toxic to micro organisms.
Its hygroscopic nature and the presence of hydrogen peroxide gives the honey its medicinal properties; when slathered onto a cut, it sucks out the moisture preventing microbial colonisation, while the hydrogen peroxide disinfects the area.
For honey to stay good, it must be in a sealed container, in a humid environment, it will take in water and spoil.
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