Ever heard Van Morrison sing the lyric “she’s as sweet as tupelo honey”? Well it turns out that the reason tupelo honey is so sweet is because tupelo nectar is mostly fructose, which, as longtime readers of joepastry.com know, has no more calories than sucrose, but tastes about 20% sweeter on the tongue. That means that tupelo honey is technically a high fructose bee syrup…clearly a plot by unscrupulous southern bees to addict our children to junky, nutritionally vacant foods. Will this sort of shameless profiteering ever stop?

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