Raw Honey Benefits: How Is It Different Than Regular Honey?

Honey is the most commonly used product, can be easily found in our home. It is a thick, sweet syrup has several properties and health benefits. It’s hard to choose the right honey for your family when you’re running through the grocery store. There’s a debate which one is better Raw or Regular. Some find raw is better while others see no difference between the two.

However, as a health-conscious consumer what’s MORE IMPORTANT to note is, that whichever honey we are consuming, it is 100% pure and is not adulterated with corn or rice syrup. With the growing concern around adulteration, FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) had picked the samples of leading honey brands, as published in DNA article, to conduct a check if they are adulterated with corn syrups or rice syrups.  After the test FSSAI has proposed some changes in norms which clearly implies that some of those brands were doing Rice/ corn or similar artificially made sugar syrup adulteration. Earlier, the FSSAI norms didn’t have any criteria on added sugar syrups in honey, and companies have used those loopholes to do adulteration in honey.

Raw Honey Benefits How Is It Different Than Regular Honey

The rice syrup used for adulteration has similar texture and color which is impossible to identify in home-based test methods. This adulteration can only be ruled out with laboratory equipment and technical expertise. Before knowing whether Raw or Regular is better for health, it’s most important to find out whether it’s 100% pure. Honey is effective only when it’s 100% pure. If your honey is adulterated with Rice Syrup, it will not be effective in weight management.

It’s not easy to choose 100% pure honey when millions of options available in the market. As screening criteria, look for brands honey that falls in the Rs. 500-600 range per kg. There’s a high probability that these might be pure as pure honey is costly and is not available at cheap rates. If some honey brands are found to beat more affordable prices, that may be because they are adulterated with artificially made syrup. Secondly, check out the brand websites, whether they are performing the test for zero rice syrup addition and are qualifying or not. Only a few brands can talk about Rice Syrup addition to the public openly. These tips will help you to choose the 100% pure honey for your family. I’ve recently come across the brand Zandu Honey who disclose the addition test reports about Rice and Corn syrup to their customers on their website. 

Now, Let’s check out Raw Honey Benefits: How Is It Different Than Regular Honey?

Honey that straight comes from the beehive is raw honey. It is unheated, unpasteurized, unprocessed honey. It is poured straight into the bottle, bypassing processing methods.

Raw Honey Benefits How Is It Different Than Regular Honey

On the other hand, Regular honey is processed honey prepared after pasteurization and filtration. This process makes honey smoother, increases its shelf life, removes impurities. Some honey undergoes ultrafiltration that destroys its beneficial nutrients, and some may add sugar syrup to reduce its costs.

Differences Between Raw and Regular Honey

The main differences between raw and regular honey are:

Raw Honey:

  1. It is more nutritious and contains a wide variety of nutrients, 22 amino acids, minerals, enzymes, and vitamins. But since it is unfiltered, it may contain extrinsic bee particles, bee wax, etc. These usually are available in villages procured from beekeepers directly.
  2. It helps reduce risk factors for heart disease like blood pressure and cholesterol.
  3. It has antiviral and antifungal properties.
  4. It doesn’t ferment in the stomach and used for indigestion.
  5. It effectively relieves nausea and supplies energy.
  6. It improves wound healing.
  7. It doesn’t have added sugar or sweeteners.

Regular Honey:

  1. It contains little to no pollen.No doubt pollen are good for health however if pollen content is more it leads to crystallization in honey. That is why you must have noticed that sometimes honey gets crystallized during winters due to high pollen content.
  2. It may contain antibiotics. But post breakdown of FSSAI on Indian honey brands in 2004, they have to follow a prescribed limit.
  3. It may cause narrowing of the blood vessels only if honey you are using is adulterated and not 100% pure.
  4. It may lead to obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and liver damage, if it’s not 100% pure honey
  5. It may have hidden sugars or sweeteners. Some of the brands are selling adulterated honey at low rates. They contain sugar or other sweeteners like rice syrup or corn syrup.

Where to Find the Right Honey:

We are mostly dependent on regular honey as raw honey is not readily available. Also, they are usually not filtered and contains extrinsic matters and are not soothing to mouth. Choosing the right honey for your family is difficult as most of the honey available adulterated via sugar or corn syrup. Hence research and choose your honey wisely if you are really looking for the benefits when you are consuming it. The screening criteria I have suggested above can help you find 100% pure honey.

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Dr Bushra

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43 thoughts on “Raw Honey Benefits: How Is It Different Than Regular Honey?

  • January 24, 2019 at 10:16 am
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    Honey has loads of benefits… I do include honey into my skincare and haircare routin too. But it is important to choose the right raw honey to get the most advantages out of it.

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  • January 24, 2019 at 3:48 pm
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    We usually choose products by name or packaging and do not research on the ingredients. Some of us don’t even look at the ingredients list of any products. Thanks for sharing difference between raw and regular honey. This was much needed!

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  • January 24, 2019 at 4:43 pm
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    Thanks for sharing this, it is really important to know the adulterated honey and differentiate between pure and adulterated ones. Never knew that crystallization is due to pollens.

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  • January 24, 2019 at 4:47 pm
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    We love honey .Most of our home baked goodies have organic honey. This is a very eye opening post.

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  • January 24, 2019 at 6:11 pm
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    I never knew the differences between the two until now…though I am still not sure if I will be able to differentiate if you keep the two types in front of me 🙈🙈

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  • January 24, 2019 at 6:26 pm
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    This is a wonderful post. I never before this gave any thought to raw honey and regular honey.

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  • January 24, 2019 at 10:22 pm
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    Honestly, I only thought honey can be used for health benefits when added in warm water. But never knew there are two different kinds of honey. Thanks a lot for this post.

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  • January 24, 2019 at 10:34 pm
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    I never know so many benefits of raw honey.. The benefits of honey are most pronounced when it is replacing another, unhealthier sweetener.

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  • January 28, 2019 at 8:59 pm
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    Its important to choose the best when it comes to health, raw honey has quite a lot of benefits. Hence, always know what you’re consuming

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  • February 1, 2019 at 5:19 pm
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    Honey is so healthy and i believe we must eplace sugar with honey in our Desserts,etc and live a healthy life.

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  • February 2, 2019 at 2:05 pm
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    Thanks this was pretty useful and I wasnt aware about the adulteration.

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  • February 2, 2019 at 3:45 pm
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    Now a days finding pure raw honey is really difficult . But raw honey has loads of health benefits..

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  • February 2, 2019 at 4:38 pm
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    Honey is really great for everyone, and I have added Honey to my kid’s diet too. I have seen White honey and It was unimaginably good.

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  • February 2, 2019 at 6:09 pm
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    Honey has so many health benefits. I never knew that raw honey is more beneficial. Thanks for letting us know

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  • February 2, 2019 at 7:18 pm
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    Its curial to know the health benefits of a food product before consuming it, and especially things like honey which has so many medicinal benefits. Informative post

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  • February 2, 2019 at 7:31 pm
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    I love honey for the benefits that it offers. Thanks for sharing your tips on finding the pure honey. It is quite helpful.

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  • February 2, 2019 at 9:07 pm
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    Raw honey is great f or weight management and skin car and wound healing. C want believe honey is also adulterated these days. .thank you for sharing

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  • February 2, 2019 at 9:36 pm
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    glad to shared this. I am sure I am not along who wasnt aware of these facts. Its always better we know what we eat

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  • February 3, 2019 at 1:49 pm
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    Oh yes, yes. I completely agree with you. Even we don’t buy the honey we get in the stores, the branded ones. We go for the raw ones that people take directly.

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  • February 3, 2019 at 4:56 pm
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    Organic honey is not easy to find. This looks like a good advice Will be trying out what you advice definitely.

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  • February 4, 2019 at 12:47 am
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    It’s really hard to get the original raw honey. But it’s always far better than the regular one. Thanks for sharing all the infos

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  • February 5, 2019 at 12:39 am
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    I totally agree with you, choosing the raw honey is so important to get the benefits. I love using honey in my skin care products

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  • February 12, 2019 at 8:08 am
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    This is completely new to my knowledge .I mean the differences highlighted between raw and regular honey.Thank you for sharing this informative post

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  • February 14, 2019 at 12:34 pm
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    Super insight. I did not know that there is a difference between normal honey and raw honey. Will check out next time while buying.

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  • February 14, 2019 at 3:34 pm
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    OMG, this is something I got to know for the first time. I substitute sugar with honey and jaggery most of the times but never knew whether I’m using the real one or not. Thank you for the information, any tips to choose the right honey?

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  • February 14, 2019 at 5:27 pm
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    Sounds yummt and healthyy!! will definately try it out !! #Superbloggerchallenge

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  • February 14, 2019 at 11:43 pm
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    Thank you for letting know the differences between raw and regular honey. Will definitely try raw honey once.

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  • February 15, 2019 at 9:53 am
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    That is what our Dadi Nani told us

    To have Raw Honey because it is no less then a medicine

    Warm it mix with Ginger your cough syrup is ready

    Just add black salt and your internal cleasner is ready

    Very useful indeed

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  • February 15, 2019 at 12:13 pm
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    Thanks for the informative post. Its really scary to know about the dark side of the honey business.

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  • February 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm
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    i did not know so many things about honey. love the detailed informative post..

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  • February 15, 2019 at 1:39 pm
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    I prefer honey for my throat issues. I add it to a glass a warm water with lemon when a cold virus hits me.
    It also works as a cough suppressant. Ever since I gave up sugar, honey has taken its place and I find its benefits working on me.

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  • February 16, 2019 at 1:00 am
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    I hadn’t a clue about the difference between raw honey and regular honey. All I knew were few tests to check the purity of honey.

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  • February 16, 2019 at 11:34 am
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    I prefer honey to sugar in nimbu paani, and sometimes even in my cup of green tea (although mostly, prefer the latter without any kind of sweetener).
    Thanks for the informative post. Will try out raw honey next time.

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  • February 16, 2019 at 8:50 pm
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    Getting pure honey is so very difficult. We have many times tried getting honey from places where it’s available easily still in no way we could know that what we were getting was real raw honey or the regular market one. Thanks for sharing various factors which can be considered while screening honey.

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  • February 17, 2019 at 9:30 am
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    This is great information. I loved going through it, I didn’t know so much about raw and regular honey
    #superbloggerchallenge

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  • February 17, 2019 at 5:42 pm
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    Luckily I found about raw honey while travelling a country years ago. it was shocking to me that time informatve post

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  • February 17, 2019 at 6:34 pm
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    This is indeed very useful information to me. I give a little quantity of turmeric and honey paste to my daughter in the morning as per doctor’s advise as she is allergic to dust and other things and is asthmatic. Very informative and useful.

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  • February 18, 2019 at 4:30 pm
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    This is a fabulous post and I am so glad i came across this. The benefits of raw honey are immense and I’m glad you confirmed them!

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  • February 18, 2019 at 7:46 pm
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    Organic honey is so rare to find. This is indeed a very useful piece of information.

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  • February 20, 2019 at 10:12 am
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    Till date I prefer honey and ginger juice for my kids whenever they catch cold and cough. Even I prefer to have my hot water with honey every morning.

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  • February 21, 2019 at 12:34 am
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    Thank you for sharing this information. I thought the crystal formation is due to sugar getting settled..

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  • February 21, 2019 at 8:19 pm
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    Hi… Can you please mention a few brands which have organic and raw honey . Completely clueless. Pls help.

    Thanks and regards,
    Payal

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  • March 7, 2019 at 10:31 am
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    I love honey with my lukewarm lemon water. This post is very useful because I didn’t know raw honey is more useful than a regular one.

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