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If bacteria thrives with glucose, what makes honey "antibacterial" even though it's sweet? Thank you!

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine

In brief: It is quite simple

A poorly controlled diabetic has high blood sugar thus predisposes to infection risk.
..But this "high glucose" is still little compared to pure honey. Bacteria cannot thrive in pure sugar or honey because it is too much for their cells to function. Thus, you can open a can of sugar or honey and leave it out--you won't get bacteria to grow. Have fun with your experiement :-).

In brief: It is quite simple

A poorly controlled diabetic has high blood sugar thus predisposes to infection risk.
..But this "high glucose" is still little compared to pure honey. Bacteria cannot thrive in pure sugar or honey because it is too much for their cells to function. Thus, you can open a can of sugar or honey and leave it out--you won't get bacteria to grow. Have fun with your experiement :-).
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