Project snapshot: Increasing the value of Australian honey as a health food
Honey has a long history of use to treat digestive ailments and research suggests honey acts as a prebiotic food that favourably changes the balance...
Published: 7 May 2014
Author(s): Dawes , Dr Joan, Dall, Dr David
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This report has been revised in September 2016.
This RIRDC project examined three potential attributes of Australian eucalypt honeys: Glycaemic Index, prebiotic properties and therapeutic activity. Australian honey packers and beekeepers could benefit directly by using some of the results of the project to derive optimal returns for honey in an increasingly competitive market.
The most valuable finding from this project is that Australian eucalypt honey is a prebiotic food, stimulating the growth of gut bacteria that contribute to human health and reducing the growth of deleterious gut bacteria.