We are aware that everyone knows honey, but not everyone knows its uses and benefits. Let us share some basic information about pure raw honey.
First, let’s define it.
Basically, it is the honey collected from the honeycomb, which is unfiltered, unprocessed and unpasteurized.
A lot of honey found in the supermarkets are “commercial” honey. Some has been pasteurized by heating, followed by rapid cooling. This process is done to make the product looks cleaner and smoother. Since pure raw honey did not undergo any change in temperature, it’s usually runnier compared to the commercial honey.
Viscosity of honey varies depending on bees’ nectar source. It is also a reflection of the location. Floral varietals of honey may be different from other places. Honey from countries in the west may be thicker than those in Southeast Asian countries, but a runny honey is not always a sign of adulteration, hence, viscosity should not be a deciding factor for the purity test.
Aside from natural sugar, raw honey has bee pollens, which are source of vitamins, minerals, proteins and other antibacterial nutrients. It also has propolis that contain antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Drinking raw honey is safe, but it should not be given to babies under the age of one due to a big chance of food poisoning, called “infant botulism”. It is a rare, however, a life-threatening gastrointestinal sickness caused by exposure to bacterial spores.
Honey is not just a sweet syrup, it has many health benefits and uses.