National Honey Board Teams With University of Illinois Researchers, Shows the Potential of Honey as an Antioxidant

LONGMONT, Colo., June 17 -- The National Honey Board (NHB) today announced that in partnership with the University of Illinois - Urbana, Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, three significant studies have been completed on the antioxidant activity of honey.

Poster sessions were held at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) 2002 Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California at the Anaheim Convention Center. The times and titles of the poster sessions were as follows:

  • Sunday, June 16th, 2002, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., "In vitro and ex vivo antioxidant effect of honey." Presentation was made by Nele Gheldof.
  • Monday June 17th, 2002, from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., "Antimutagenic effect of honeys against Trp-p-1." Presentation was made by Xiao-Hong Wang.
  • Monday, June 17th, 2002, from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., "Antioxidant properties of mead." Presentation was made by Carol Wintersteen.

"These studies further demonstrate the antioxidant activity of honey," said Marcia Cardetti, NHB's director of scientific affairs. "The new research now shows us how honey serves as a natural source of antioxidants in the prevention of oxidative deterioration in foods, as well as proving its potential role in the health of humans."

Based in Longmont, Colorado, the National Honey Board is a research and product commodity board whose mission is to advance the use and application of honey and honey products throughout the world.

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