Read on to know about the difference between the expensive raw honey and regular honey, which everyone has been using for generations.
We all are aware of the several health benefits associated with honey. However, there has been some debate regarding which of the two types of honey to choose – raw or regular.
Raw honey is made by extracting honey from the hive and then separating its impurities such as beeswax and dead bees through a mesh or nylon cloth. This honey is now fit for consumption, while the regular honey that we have been using is either pasteurized or filtered before it is bottled. It has been found that pasteurization destroys the yeast present in honey, which increases its shelf life and the process of filtration gives honey a clearer appearance.
Here are the main differences between the regular and raw honey.
Raw honey is more nutritious than the regular one as it contains approximately 22 types of amino acids, 31 types of minerals, and array vitamins and enzymes. It also contains about 30 kinds of bio-active plant components or polyphenols that work as an antioxidant. In fact, in one of the study, it was found that raw honey contains about 4.3 times more antioxidants than the regular processed variety of honey. Regular honey lacks bee pollens, which are highly nutritious and contains more than 250 beneficial compounds such as amino acids, vitamins, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and other micro-nutrients.
These pollens are destroyed by the processing methods of regular honey. Regular honey may be contaminated with sweeteners and hidden sugars such as high fructose corn syrup. Raw honey has also been studied to offer various health benefits, which includes reducing blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, improves wound healing, and treats cough as it is high in antioxidants and the enzyme glucose oxidase.
However, raw honey also possesses health risk as it contains the bacterial spores of Clostridium Botulinum, which is particularly harmful to babies, infants, and pregnant women as it may lead to life-threatening paralysis.