Conventional Honey vs. Raw Honey: Is there a difference?

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I came across this AWESOME infographic last week and had to share it. I think so many people assume that the honey in the honeybear container we all grew up probably having in our cupboards is straight from the hive  but it’s NOT. 

It’s actually the opposite. 

The Mystery Jars of Honey

Honey is one of the most commonly mislabeled foods. Last year, Food Safety News found that 75% of store-bought honey was ultra-filtered and did not contain pollen. Without pollen, it is impossible to identify the honey’s source. The US FDA states that any “honey” that no longer contains pollen cannot technically be considered honey.But a third or more of all “honey” in the US was found to have been smuggled in from China or India, and tainted with illegal antibiotics and heavy metals.:/ uhhhhhh DISTURBING!!!

 According to Food Safety News, millions of pounds of honey deemed unsafe and banned from dozens of OTHER foreign countries is being imported and sold in the US.

  A number of ingredients are added to “honey”, and even sometimes constitute the main ingredient. These include sucrose syrup, corn syrup, glucose syrup, beet sugar and high-fructose corn syrup, as well as artificial sweeteners. Any “honey” that contains these ingredients is therefore not real honey, but a blend some of these ingredients, such as high fructose corn syrup  pose a particular threat to the health of consumers. -source bodyunburdened.com

 

The Benefits of Raw Honey

Raw Honey comes straight from the hive friends in it’s pure, unfiltered form. Raw Honey is high in vitamin C and B vitamins, minerals and enzymes found in honey. The health benefits of raw honey are seemingly endless:

  • Anti-viral and anti-fungal properties
  • Contains polyphenols, a powerful antioxidant
  • Helps ward off allergies
  • Soothes sore throats and is a natural expectorant (i.e. is great to eat when you have a cold)
  • Stabilizes blood pressure and balances blood sugar levels
  • Boosts immune function
  • Helps heal skin conditions and wounds when applied topically
  • Promotes digestive health
  • As an alkaline-forming food, helps combat chronic illness

When looking to buy raw honey, look for a product from a local producer .Please note that pediatricians caution against feeding honey to children under one year old due to concern that it may contain botulism spores. 

You can read more on Raw Honey at Bodyunburdened.com

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