Honey is known to be the best sweetener comprising of various health benefits. This natural gold-coloured ingredient is used for curing various problems related to heart and digestion, persistent cough, etc. Honey is also given great importance in Ayurveda.
Ayurvedic honey or raw honey is considered a superfood with anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties that boosts the immune system, combat illness, and treat various eye problems. Despite benefits, honey also has some myths associated with it.
We all have heard the benefits as well as myths about honey from our grandmothers or read from the internet and other sources. Let’s discuss popular myths about honey with the help of some facts.
- Honey is spoiled when crystallized: Honey is said to be pure when it is in liquid form. But when it crystallizes, it is said that honey has spoiled, or it has lost its goodness. Crystallization of honey is a natural process as it contains natural sugars called glucose and fructose.
The glucose content in the honey separates because it is less soluble in water as compared to fructose and starts turning into sugar crystals. This crystallization does not affect the health benefits, taste, or quality of honey; rather, it is the sign of honey’s purity. By exposing crystallized honey to the Sun, it becomes a clear solution again.
- The taste and appearance of all honey are the same: Honey is available in various types because bees prepare it from the nectar of different flowers. Different flowers have different nectar. Therefore, there is a difference in the taste and appearance of all the honey.
- Pure honey is always thick: Nectar of the flowers also affects the thickness of the honey. Content of natural sugar, i.e. glucose and fructose in honey, is high as compared to water. The amount of sugar content present in honey decides its thickness.
- Forest honey becomes impure due to the presence of pollens: It natural and thus preferred over white sugar: During the collection of nectar from different flowers, bees collect small pollens of these flowers that together form a ball of bee pollen.
This ball of pollen is taken to their hives by bees. While collecting honey from the forest, these balls of pollen get mixed with the honey. These bee pollens are regarded to be healthy all over the world. Hence, they are pure and not impure.
- Testing of honey: It is said that pure honey is insoluble in water, flammable, and does not crystallize. Multiple tests can be done with the help of such notions to decide the purity of honey.
Nowadays, manufacturers take the help of various chemical and adulteration methods to make their honey look pure and even name them organic to gain the trust of consumers. This adulterated honey passes all the household tests and taste similar to the pure honey. Therefore, only the chemical or lab testing of honey can give reliable results. For lab testing, FSSAI certified laboratories are the most trusted. You can even buy organic honey online or offline and send it for testing in these laboratories for knowing the truth.