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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria may have finally met its undoing: honey.

According to some *preliminary studies presented at the 247th National Meeting of the American Cancer Society, honey has antibacterial, antioxidant and antifungal properties. The many antibacterial properties in honey include hydrogen peroxide, acidity, polyphenols, high sugar concentration and osmotic effect, says Susan Meschwitz, PhD, Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. Honey also has the power to disrupt cell-to-cell communication among bacteria, which can reduce the virulence of an infection and prevent biofilm formation, according to studies.

Researchers in Portugal also suggest adding a little honey to your tea to boost your antioxidant levels.

* preliminary information is subject to change until published in a peer-reviewed journal

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