Research released in early March 2009, proved that mixing tea and honey proved to be effective in reducing disease-causing bacteria (pathogens) in the meat we eat. “The results of our research showed a mixture of jasmine tea or green tea and honey have high microbial activity, ” explained by lead researcher Daniel Fung, a professor from Kansas State University.
Research carried out in a liquid medium with the extract tea and honey are proven to reduce the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes and E. coli O157: H7. Listeria is a harmful bacteria found in raw milk, ice cream, soft cheeses, raw fish and meat. In liquid medium, the components so easy to interact with the organism. Researchers also examined the solids, which include the type of medium that is difficult to find reaction components which inhibit pathogens.
In research, the researchers used thin slices of turkey breast meat, which were given a mixture of jasmine tea and honey, the result of Listeria monocytogenes levels decreased 10 to 20 percent, the same percentage is also found when a mixture of tea and honey are used in hot dogs. The highest reduction levels found in hot dogs that contain sodium lactate, potassium lactate and sodium diacetate. “The hot dogs were a mixture of types of teas and honey can suppress the growth of pathogens, rather than hot dogs that do not contain these components,” Fung said, adding that the hot dogs are still experiencing a reduction of pathogens after 14 days of research.
Based on this research, we should include a warm honey tea drink, especially after we eat cooked meat or raw vegetables, so that it can protect our bodies from bacteria that are harmful to the body. The function of warm honey tea is the same as the function of lactic acid, i.e. discard foreign components that are harmful to the body, but the warm honey drink is better of course, because it comes from natural ingredients.