Paid PostPosted on Nov 29, 20218 Buzzy Facts That Will Make You Look At Bees In A Whole New WayDon't worry. Bee happy! Visit the National Honey Board to learn more about how you can help honey bees (and beekeepers!) in your area survive and thrive.by National Honey BoardBrand PublisherFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Did you know that one in every three bites of food we eat comes from "pollinator foods," plants that are cultivated by pollinating insects like honey bees? National Honey Board One-third of the US diet comes from insect-pollinated plants and honey bees are responsible for about 80% of that pollination process. Eating a wide variety of produce plays a role in enhancing the diversity of your gut microbiome, which we know is good for overall health. Thanks, honey bees! 2. There are 90 different crops that rely on bees and beekeepers each growing season. National Honey Board Honey bees pollinate crops in all 50 states and many of the ingredients that contribute to a balanced, healthy diet wouldn't be possible without the hard work of honey bees and the beekeepers who manage and protect them. 3. On average, a beehive will produce about 55 pounds of surplus honey per year! National Honey Board Honey is food for honey bees and they produce a LOT of extra honey that they don't need. This is the honey that gets harvested, jarred, and sold to us in the grocery store or anywhere you purchase honey. And beekeepers have perfected the art of extracting that extra honey over the course of thousands of years. 4. The craft of beekeeping and harvesting honey has been perfected over thousands of years. National Honey Board Beekeepers harvest the surplus honey from a beehive by removing the honeycomb and scraping off a layer of beeswax that seals the honey in the comb. 5. There are over 300 unique varietals of honey available in the US! The color and flavor of honey can vary based on which plants the nectar was collected from. National Honey Board The color of honey depends on the types of flowers the honey bees are collecting nectar from. Honey made from orange blossom nectar might be lighter in color, while honey made from avocado or wildflower nectar might have a darker amber color. As a general rule, lighter-colored honey will have a milder flavor, while darker honey will have a much stronger honey flavor profile. 6. Scientists are researching the nutritional benefits of honey to raise awareness of its lesser-known properties. National Honey Board Researchers are exploring the antioxidant compounds in honey, its potential role in digestive health, and even honey's potential in promoting stress management and mindfulness! 7. Honey bees need our help! National Honey Board Beekeepers are experiencing higher-than-average losses lately, due to a variety of factors including pests, diseases, overuse of pesticides, and foraging and nutrition issues. That's why it's more important than ever to preserve and protect honey bees and the honey we love to enjoy! 8. There are some simple things you can do right now to help preserve and protect the honey bees in your ecosystem. National Honey Board Support honey bee populations, the beekeepers who manage them, and the agricultural industries that depend on them by planting bee-friendly plants and flowers in your yard or garden. And let those weeds grow a little bit! You may not like them but honey bees adore them. You can also help by donating to an organization dedicated to helping protect and promote honey bees, and by simply buying and enjoying delicious honey! Visit the National Honey Board today and explore all the ways you can help preserve and protect our precious honey bees and the beekeepers who take care of them!