Honey – Myths Vs Facts
Are you curious about which is which when it comes to honey? Let’s unmask the biggest honey myths and explain the facts.
1. Crystallized honey is spoiled honey
If your honey has crystallized, that does not mean it has gone bad, in fact it is a sign of a good quality honey. Crystallization is honey’s natural process of preserving itself. The main reason for this phenomenon is honey’s composition. Typically, honey contains natural sugars and around 20% water. Because this is saturated, the glucose may separate from the water and form crystals. However, the honey is largely unchanged and remains just as tasty.
If your honey is crystallized, follow these simple steps:
Gently warm the bottle by standing the bottle in hot water and stir it— it will return to its liquid state. Take care not overheat it as this compromises the delicate flavors. Microwaving is not recommended.
2. Honey is gluten free
Honey is naturally free of gluten. It contains no wheat, barley, rye or oats. Of all the diverse millions of insects on the planet, bees are the only insects that produce substance man can comfortably eat without any side effects.
3. White “foam” or Darker honey means the honey has gone bad
Honey comes in all colors and flavors. The color, taste and even scent varies widely depending on the source of the flower nectar, region, soil and climate. Honey is high in bioactive plant compounds. The darker types of honey are higher in these compounds than lighter types. The white “foam” that appears at the top of honey is simply air. This “foam” is a result of tiny air bubbles in the honey escaping to the top of the bottle. So one need not worry about the colour of honey!
4. Honey is a great alternative to artificial sweeteners and table sugar
Honey contains nutrients such as vitamins and minerals that artificial sugars don’t have. And because honey is sweeter than table sugar, you can use less to achieve the same effect.
5. Children should not eat honey.
Honey is one of the healthiest form of sugar on the planet and it is a very good replacement for sugary snacks.If your child is craving for a snack? Give them some honey.
*Only babies below the age of 12 months should not be given honey due to the risk of infant botulism caused by eating Clostridium botulinum spores found in soil, honey, and honey products.
6.Honey Promotes Burn and Wound Healing.
Topical honey treatment has been used to heal wounds and burns since ancient Egypt and is still common today.When applied to the skin, honey can be part of an effective treatment plan for burns, wounds and many other skin conditions. It is particularly effective for diabetic foot ulcers.
7. All bees produce honey.
There are nearly 20,000 known bee species in the world. From this number, only 5% make edible honey. Only honeybees and stingless bees produce enough honey to make harvesting worth it. Bumblebees produce a small amount of honey for their own survival.
8. Honey is medicinal and builds your immune system.
A teaspoon a day is a good start! With the help of the probiotic bacteria present in honey, it can boost your immune system.Honey is the cheapest and readily available means of boosting your immune system and keeping us healthy.
Honey has anti-bacterial properties that helps relieve scratchy throats, symptoms of cold & cough,it is even good for dental health. It has every single nutrient needed to keep a man alive e.g. water, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that give the body the needed energy. If you’re familiar with the importance of antioxidants in the human body, your appreciation of honey would increase.
9. It’s dangerous to use metal spoons with honey.
Honey having a certain percent of acidity can corrode metals. But that is if the metals have had long continuous exposure to the honey. It is advised that honey be stored in non-metallic containers to avoid them corroding. You can safely scoop honey with your teaspoon without it having any effects as long as it doesn’t stay too long in the honeypot.
10. Honey never goes bad.
We repeatedly state that honey never spoils. However, honey can lose its aroma and flavor if it’s not stored properly. Because of honey’s composition, it absorbs moisture like a sponge. Properly preserved honey retains its quality for much longer than the “best before date” printed on bottles. So save your honey and discover the best practices for storing your favorite sweetener.
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