What is honey? As Google Quotes it “Honey is a sweet, viscous food substance produced by bees”. Indeed! But there is a lot more to it. Honey is the most natural form of sweetness that is not only a rich source of Carbohydrates but also has Vitamins & minerals in it. The Golden Gooey Syrup is loaded with powerful Enzymes and Anti-oxidants.
Humans may have been using honey for food and medicine for as long as 8,000 years. Originally, people would have used raw wild honey, but today most of the honey on supermarket shelves is processed, usually through pasteurization to increases its shelf-life. The pasteurization process involves intense heating which changes the honey’s appearance, destroys the beneficial enzymes & pollens and also spoils its delicate aroma. Many of these processed types of honey may contain added sugars and high-fructose-corn-syrup (HFCS) which is added to sweeten the honey further. The process of pasteurizing honey can make honey smoother and more aesthetically appealing, but it may also reduce its health benefits.
Raw Natural Honey
Raw honey, on the other hand, comes straight from the Honeycomb. The beekeeper will just filter the honey to remove small bits of debris, beeswax, and other foreign particles. This preserves the nutritional qualities of the honey. Unprocessed wild honey is not exactly clear but appears cloudy or opaque as it contains pollen and enzymes. Characterized by its fine texture, raw wild honey will usually granulate and crystallize to a thick consistency after a few months. The regular honey from commercial brands which is processed does not crystallize and has uniform consistency.
Benefits of Raw Honey
The list of benefits of consuming raw natural honey is extensive and most importantly backed by research. It has been shown to be effective against respiratory ailments, chest pain, male impotence, cardiac disorders, and high blood pressure. According to recent research, raw honey may also have cancer prevention substances.
To sum things up, unprocessed honey contains a host of beneficial compounds found to be lacking in regular processed honey. Unfortunately, many of these compounds are the ones responsible for the abundant medicinal properties associated with honey.
So make sure any honey you are purchasing plainly states “RAW” or “UNPROCESSED” as the term “NATURAL” does not mean it’s directly from the hives. There is still much research needed to discover all of the benefits of using honey as a replacement for refined sugar.
One thing is for sure, it’s always delicious.