IAS General Studies Question – 30

The antiseptic and antibacterial properties of honey can be explained on the basis of following chemical properties:
1. Honey has low water content and thus the osmotic effect gives it the antimicrobial property
2. Honey releases Hydrogen Peroxide slowly
3. Honey is slightly acidic
Which among the above are correct statements?
[A]Only 1
[B]Only 1 & 2
[C]Only 1 & 3
[D]1, 2 & 3


Explanation: Please note that Honey has Glucose Oxidase enzyme which releases Hydrogen peroxide as follows:
C6H12O6 + H2O + O2 → C6H12O7 + H2O2
all statements are correct. In Pure Honey, water is generally not available. Honey has an acidic pH.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey#Osmotic_effect

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