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.
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.
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:
- 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.
- It helps reduce risk factors for heart disease like blood pressure and cholesterol.
- It has antiviral and antifungal properties.
- It doesn’t ferment in the stomach and used for indigestion.
- It effectively relieves nausea and supplies energy.
- It improves wound healing.
- It doesn’t have added sugar or sweeteners.
- 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.
- It may contain antibiotics. But post breakdown of FSSAI on Indian honey brands in 2004, they have to follow a prescribed limit.
- It may cause narrowing of the blood vessels only if honey you are using is adulterated and not 100% pure.
- It may lead to obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and liver damage, if it’s not 100% pure honey
- 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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