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Mad honey is described as having a bitter, sharp taste and can irritate the throat, which is very different from the standard honey many of us put in tea.
This is because it contains neurotoxins known as grayanotoxins that can cause poisoning and intoxication once ingested.
These grayanotoxins are usually found in rhododendron plants, which bees visit in some parts of the world. So, the honey the bees produce after visiting these plants will also contain those neurotoxins.
Although the consumption of mad honey can cause irregular heartbeats, which can be dangerous, and other health ailments, deaths resulting from consuming the substance aren't that common.
Typically, people recover well after intoxication, but in some cases, they may need hospital treatment.
Without treatment, the mad honey poisoning could last for a day.
Still, patients may need more days to recover fully.
Mad honey, the most expensive worldwide, has anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, and antimicrobial properties.
It has long been used as an aphrodisiac, a folk remedy for treating gastrointestinal disorders, and much more.
Mad honey's origins, which go back centuries, can be traced back to Turkey's Black Sea region (where it's most commonly found) or Nepal.
It is still eaten in parts of the world today, including Nepal, China, Germany and Brazil.
Indy100 reached out to the Turkish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry for comment.
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