If you are not buying organic raw honey it’s likely to have very little resemblance to the honey originally harvested from the bee hive.
Raw honey is honey that has not been filtered or heated in any way.
In the US, it was found over 70% of honey is highly processed, denuded of nutrients, may contain antibiotics, artificial colours, little or no pollen (phytonutrients), have added fructose syrup (probably GMO), been high temperature heated for pasteurisation and is micro filtered.
When the contents contain no pollen, the jar is just another form of confectionary and the health benefits from eating this type of “honey” are lost.
In addition, the honey could have originated from any number of countries including China. The food safety divisions of the World Health Organisation, the European Commission and dozens of others have also ruled that without pollen, there is no way to determine whether the honey came from legitimate and safe sources.
Artificial honey is a food with many shortcomings, representing a solution of inverted sugar syrup, which comes from refined sugar, which often has other ingredients added, generally summarised as: glucose syrup, dyes, flavours and flavour enhancers. Such a synthetic preparation can be achieved in domestic conditions, but you need to know it is not healthy.
Raw Honey is processed to a bare minimum to maintain the nutritional benefits and integrity of honey and is only heated to about 40ºC (105ºF) and minimally filtered.
Raw Honey does not need pasteurization (the process of ‘heating’ a substance in order to kill off any unwanted bacteria). Because Raw Honey is so anti-bacterial by nature, this isn’t necessary. Excessive temperature destroys the many healthy enzymes within the product and also damages the pollen, royal jelly and propolis that naturally occur within it.
“Bee Pollen contained in raw honey contains 22 amino acids, 27 minerals and a spectrum of vitamins. Raw honey contains over 5000 enzymes including amylase, a digestive enzyme for carbohydrates” according to purehealingfood.com.
Vitamins in raw honey
• Vitamin A
• All of the B-Complex Vitamins
• Vitamins C, D, E and K
• Minerals magnesium, sulphur, phosphorus, iron, calcium, chlorine, potassium, iodine, sodium, copper and manganese
Enzymes and other health promoting substances in raw honey
• Raw honey contains live enzymes (these help your body break down foods and undigested particles)
• Organic Acids
• Anti-microbrial factors
• Antibiotic factors
For a complete list of the benefits of Raw Honey, visit Canadian site Bee Pollen Buzz.
Melbourne City Rooftop Honey has a vision of bringing bees back to the city and the suburbs of Melbourne. The aim is to be part a global effort to help save the honey bee from the various threats of disease and human habitation. They sell 100% Raw Honey – no additives or heat treatments.
When selecting honey choose Organic Raw or Unpasteurised and you should be confident you are buying nutritious, health-giving honey to enjoy.
Tips for choosing Raw Honey:
1: Know the source of your Raw Honey
2: Real Raw Honey is NOT perfectly clear
Don’t buy raw honey that is a perfect golden brown colour. Real raw honey is a milky brown substance and usually has a white layer on the top of it.
3: Check the Label
Make sure the words “raw” and “un-pasteurized” are on the label.