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Honey & Metal Spoons

At least once a day, we hear some form of the question, “Is it true I shouldn’t use a metal spoon in honey?” Since this claim continues to circle the internet, it’s time for a deep dive! The Hypothesis On first hearing this idea, it may seem logical in theory. Honey is acidic with a pH ranging from 3.4 to 6.1 and an average of 3.9. [1] Acids can corrode metals or cause chemical reactions. The fear is that such reaction may leach metals into honey or denature the beneficial enzymes. This makes wood or glass a safer non-reactive option. A Closer Look The first issue with this claim is its vagueness. “Metal” encompasses many different materials and not all...

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