Raw Honey vs. Regular Honey
Not everyone may be aware of it but not all honey that is sold in the market is beneficial.
With that in mind, it is important that you know how to differentiate the two so you will get your money’s worth.
- Can have fine textured crystals
- Can appear cloudier
- Enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and beneficial nutrients remain intact
- Has antiviral and anti-fungal properties
- Can ward off allergies effectively
- Has powerful antioxidants
- Can help stabilize blood pressure
- Can also help manage blood sugar levels
- Can dramatically improve and enhance skin
- Can effectively boost the immune system
- Has little or no pollen at all
- May contain antibiotics
- May have HFCS or high fructose corn syrup
- Has been liked to liver damage, obesity, hypertension, and diabetes
- High fructose corn syrup used may also be derived from GMO corn
- May result to plaque build-up and narrowing of blood vessels
Even if you are already familiar with most of honey’s health and beauty benefits, it is still possible that you are not aware it comes in various forms and shapes.
To say not all honey has been created equal is an understatement.
While some get their honey from grocery stores, others score theirs direct from their local beekeepers.
Unfortunately, if you do not know your honey well enough, you can end up with the heavily pasteurized and processed ones rather than the genuine and beneficial raw honey you should be consuming.
When pasteurized or processed, honey’s nutritional value is diminished significantly.
In other words, the beneficial amino acids, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals are destroyed.
While unfortunate to note, there is a common misconception that regular and raw honey are one and the same.
The Lowdown on Raw Honey
In a nutshell, raw honey is produced from concentrated flower nectars.
It is taken straight from the beehive and is considered highly nutritious.
It has also earned the name potent super food, thanks to its peerless health and healing attributes.
Raw honey is also unheated, unpasteurized, and unprocessed.
It still contains bee pollen, deemed one of nature’s most nourishing foods.
Bee pollen can also help when it comes to enhancing vitality, energy, and longevity.
However, when the bee pollen is removed, most of honey’s beneficial health benefits also disappear.
The Lowdown on Regular Honey
Most honey bought from grocery stores are regular commercial honeys.
Commercial honey has been heated at 70 degrees Celsius and has been pasteurized.
It is then cooled rapidly after so bottling and filtering is a lot easier.
When subjected to processing and pasteurization, it’s safe to assume honey loses all the vitamins, antibiotic, antioxidants, and minerals it comes with.
Pasteurization also kills the yeast cell found in honey and prevents fermentation as well.
Some honeys are subjected to ultra-filtration.
Ultra-filtration is the removal of the honey pollens.
While the process will give honey a longer shelf life, it will also remove all of its nutritional benefits.