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Why Supermarket Honey Usually Isn’t the Best Choice

Why Supermarket Honey Usually Isn’t the Best Choice

To understand why, let’s take a quick look at how honey makes it to the shelf.

– Honey bees collect flower nectar and bring it back to their hive.
– The pollen is passed, by mouth, from worker bee to worker bee, with each one adding important enzymes that break down the nectar and add anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
– It’s then stored as simple sugars (primarily fructose and glucose) in the honeycomb, where worker bees fan it with their wings. The air circulation and natural heat cause most of the water in the compound to evaporate, the substance becomes comb honey, and the bees cover it with beeswax.
– Beekeepers or processors extract the honey, and lightly strain it to remove any pieces of beeswax or contaminants (including any insect parts).

Here’s where the details of honey production become extremely important.

Some producers then take the honey, bottle it, and either sell it themselves or ship it to vendors for sale. This product is raw, unfiltered honey.

(You can shop it now from Facebook page of Simply Natural Store or visit www.simplynatural.pk)

Most producers, though, pasteurize the honey to destroy the yeast it contains, making it smoother and giving it a longer shelf life. They then filter the honey to remove air bubbles and smaller debris not removed during straining; this makes the honey clearer and more attractive to customers, and it helps prevent crystallization on the store’s or the customer’s shelves. This product is the processed honey you see in most stores.However, pasteurization and filtration often remove bee pollen from the honey as well – and since the pollen is responsible for most of honey’s health benefits, those benefits are lost when honey isn’t raw and unfiltered.

Many producers take the whole process a step further and use what’s called “ultrafiltration,” which makes the honey even smoother, while removing just about all of the pollen and the honey’s nutrients. Unethical companies may even add high-fructose corn syrup or other sweeteners, to increase their yield and reduce their costs. This product may be labeled honey, but it’s really just a honey-flavored sweetener.

So most honey sold in the United States isn’t really what you think it is. Food Safety News did a study of honey sold across the country, and found that 76% of honey from grocery stores contained no pollen at all. Where did they find the “good stuff?” Almost all of it was sold at farmer’s markets, natural food stores and food co-ops. (Same is the case with country like Pakistan)

One more thing: you may be wondering: “What about organic honey?” In truth, it’s almost impossible for any honey producer to guarantee that their honey is organic, because bees – as you probably know – fly. The beekeeper may have a farm full of organically-raised flowers and plants, but there’s no way to know if his bees strayed across his property line to gather nectar from a non-organic plant. There’s nothing wrong with buying organic honey, and its quality is probably better than any honey you’d buy off the shelf. Just don’t be overly impressed by the word “organic” on the label.

That answers our first big question: the type of honey that’s best for you is raw, unfiltered honey.

Medically reviewed by Dr. Saladino
Written by Catherine Day on November 25, 2019
Read complete article https://diethive.com/types-of-honey/

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