What is the difference between raw honey and regular honey?
Raw honey has been around for as long as bees have been around on this earth. Raw honey is exactly what it sounds like – honey that is raw, unprocessed, unpasteurized, and straight from the beehive. On the other hand, regukar honey may undergo multiple processes that remove some of the nutrients found in raw honey.
Today, a lot of people don't know the difference between raw honey and regular honey, and we would like to clear that up for you by sharing with you our 6 Day Diary.
We hope this diary will shed some light on the importance of raw honey, and why we need it in our lives.
Day 1: What is Raw Honey?
Raw honey in its essence is simple, with no added impurities or ingredients. It is made in one simple step by extracting honey from the honeycombs of the hive and pouring it over a mesh to separate the honey from impurities like beeswax and dead bees. At that point, it is literally ready to be bottled and enjoyed!!
Day 2: What about Regular Honey?
In yesterday’s post we shared the simple nature of raw honey - regular honey is the opposite! Starting with its production, it involves several steps before it is bottled.
The first step is pasteurization which is a process that destroys the yeast found in honey by applying high heat. This helps extend the shelf life and makes it smoother.
The next step before bottling is filtration. This process further removes impurities like debris and air bubbles so that the honey stays as a clear liquid for longer, but it can also remove beneficial nutrients like pollen, enzymes, and antioxidants.
Day 3: Raw Honey vs. Regular Honey?
1. Raw Honey Is More Nutritious!
Raw honey contains a wide variety of nutrients. It has approximately 22 amino acids, 31 different minerals and a wide range of vitamins and enzymes. Most impressive about raw honey is that it contains nearly 30 types of bioactive plant compounds. These are called polyphenols, and they act as antioxidants.
Many studies have linked the health benefits of raw honey to these antioxidants. Some of the benefits of raw honey for the body include reduced inflammation and a lower risk of heart disease.
Conversely, commercial honeys may contain fewer antioxidants due to processing methods.
2. Most Regular Honey Does not Contain Any Pollen!
Bees travel from flower to flower collecting nectar and pollen. The nectar and pollen are taken back to the beehive, where they are packed into the honeycomb and eventually become a food source for the bees.
The benefits of bee pollen have been studied for centuries. Bee pollen is surprisingly nutritious and contains over 250 substances including vitamins, amino acids, essential fatty acids, micronutrients, and antioxidants.
3. Regular Honey May Have Hidden Sugars or Sweeteners
Last but not least, regular honey can have many added hidden sugars or sweeteners, like high fructose corn syrup.
Day 4: Spotlight – Bee Pollen!
What are the benefits of bee pollen?
Bee pollen is considered so beneficial that the German Federal Board of Health recognizes it as a medicine. Advocates are quick to tout the benefits of this so-called superfood, saying it:
- relieves inflammation
- works as an antioxidant
- boosts liver health
- strengthens the immune system
- works as a dietary supplement
- eases symptoms of menopause
- reduces stress
- speeds up healing
What is bee pollen?
Bee pollen is a ball of pollen made by young bees when they land on a flower. It’s a mixture of pollen, saliva, and nectar or honey. Bees carry these balls back to the hive in sacs on their legs and store them in the hive’s honeycomb. The pollen then ferments into “bee bread,” which feeds a bee colony. Beekeepers collect pollen from bees by keeping a thick comb in the entrance of their hives. When bees pass through it, it knocks the pollen off their legs into a collection bin below. The bees then must go out to collect more pollen.
Day 5: Raw honey benefits
Below you will find the top 5 benefits of raw honey. Even having one of these benefits is terrific, but to have all 5 – is just amazing!
- A good source of antioxidants: Raw honey contains an array of plant chemicals that act as antioxidants. Antioxidants help to protect your body from cell damage due to free radicals.
- Antibacterial and antifungal properties: Research has shown that raw honey can kill unwanted bacteria and fungus. It naturally contains hydrogen peroxide, an antiseptic. Its effectiveness as an antibacterial or antifungal varies depending on the honey.
- Phytonutrient powerhouse: Phytonutrients are compounds found in plants that help protect the plant from harm. For example, some keep insects away or shield the plant from ultraviolet radiation. They are also thought to be the reason raw honey has shown immune-boosting and anticancer benefits. Heavy processing destroys these valuable nutrients.
- Helps fight digestive issues: Honey is sometimes used to treat digestive issues such as diarrhea, though there isn’t much research to show that it works. It is however also a potent prebiotic, meaning it nourishes the good bacteria that live in the intestines, which are crucial not only for digestion but overall health.
- Soothes a sore throat: Have a cold? Try a spoonful of raw honey. Honey is an time tested sore throat remedy. Add it to hot tea with lemon when a cold virus hits you. It also works as a cough suppressant and has been shown to be as effective as commercial products
Day 6: NRGY Honey Superfood!
NRGY Honey Superfood's formula contains five powerful natural ingredients known for their health benefits. These five ingredients are raw honey, royal jelly, bee pollen, propolis, and ceylon cinnamon! Plus it tastes great too!
It is recommended to always take 1 teaspoon first thing every morning with 500ml of room temperature water.