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+7 1. thundersnow commented 6 years ago

Clever and useful idea,the vitamin C from the lemon has of course dissipated during the heating process, but still nice cough drops. Need to check out the chocolate-Nutella starbread they are advertising at the very end.
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+1 2. dushan commented 6 years ago

#1 if you would like to be really nitpicky, don't forget to mention that honey shouldn't be heated because not only loses his natural properties but also becomes toxic :)
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+5 3. thundersnow commented 6 years ago

#2,you're right honey shouldn't be heated either. Still a good cough drop though. I have never heard of honey becoming toxic when heated, considering it is an ingredient in many kinds of breads and pastries.
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+12 4. Urmensch commented 6 years ago

It's not true that honey becomes toxic when heated. This idea has its origin in Ayur Vedic medical ideas, but like a lot of these old ideas there is no scientific basis for it. The only toxic honeys come from bees who have fed on flowers that contain dangerous compounds.

Traditional nougat recipes use honey, I have made kilos of the stuff myself. It uses I cup of honey to two cups of sugar for the syrup, and it is boiled. Lots of recipes use honey that gets heated to high temps and no one gets poisoned.

It is true that most of the useful stuff like the vit C, and oils from the clove will have been boiled off the syrup.
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-7 5. master_shake commented 6 years ago

its microwaving the honey that makes it toxic...
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+8 6. deadhorse commented 6 years ago

Thousands of microwave honey deaths. ;)
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-2 7. ChainTexter commented 6 years ago

I hear using 'em as an enema helps.
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+4 8. kirkelicious commented 6 years ago

#4 gave you a thubs up for bringing some reason to this video and its comments. The vitamin-c will not "boil off" though (under 190°C), but it will neither do anything to relieve your symptoms or help you recover unless youre suffering from a deficiency. So, never mind :)
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+2 9. fjwjr commented 6 years ago

It's not all honey that has these anti bacterial properties. Clear honey has been heated and filtered and does not have these properties. Raw honey is thick and cloudy.
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+1 10. thundersnow commented 6 years ago

I don't think the clear vs cloudy conditions are ,related to heating #9, freshly harvested honey is always clear at first, raw or not, and crystallizes into sugar crystals with time and certain temperatures especially cooler temps like in the 50s. This can be reversed by placing the jar in a bowl with hot water. I only happen to know this because my daughter is raising bees and harvests the most delicious honey every year and she taught me a lot.
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+5 11. bendb commented 6 years ago

#8 Even if vitamin C did do anything, the serving you'd get through 1 sweet would be around 0.1 mg (less than 1 400th of your recommended daily serving).
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+1 12. Urmensch commented 6 years ago

#8 I should have said denatured instead of boil off for the Vit C.
I know it breaks down with high temps and making syrup for sweets will usually be up around the 150 - 160 degree centigrade mark.

You're right, of course, about Vit C being hyped without any good evidence to back it up.
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+3 13. thundersnow commented 6 years ago

Not trying to be nitpicky again #12, but to my knowledge only proteins can be denatured with exposure to acid and/or heat. Vitamin C is an acid. But enjoying snotr discussions about random things.
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+2 14. Urmensch commented 6 years ago

#13 What you say about proteins is true. Perhaps degrade is the word rather that denature. It's a long time since I did chemistry so I'm a bit fuzzy on the exact terminology now.

It is good to have to try and think about these things now and then.
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+2 15. thundersnow commented 6 years ago

Yes # 14, I agree, it's been a long time ago for me as well that I took basic chemistry and I don't need to use it a lot either, most things I forgot, but some random things stuck for some weird reason.
And yes, that's why I like snotr.
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+1 16. r33fgirl commented 6 years ago

I agree with #5 ;)