What is honey?

Honey is what you enjoy after the bees have labored to draw nectars from floral plants that blossom in the fields. The sweet commodity is a sought after nature given resource due to its healthy properties. There are different varieties of honey and even the tastes of honey differ depending the flowers from which the nectar was drawn. The benefits of honey are numerous but due to the different ways used in the honey extraction and the general production the final honey may be or may not be very healthy to you.

Types of honey 

When you work into a supermarket or any food store you will see different types of honey well arranged in the shelves. Even from the look of the eye you will be able to see the difference in color as well as the thickness of the honey. In the supermarket you will find honey branded in different containers all with a purpose to attract you, the buyer. The packaging may be written in any of the

Raw honey– Raw honey as most people know it is honey as it is extracted from the honey comb. That means that it should not be over heated to levels that deplete it of its beneficial nutritional content. Raw honey is not heated beyond 105 degree Fahrenheit during extraction as well as during the general production. Unfortunately most of the honey you will find labeled ‘raw honey’ are not raw but are just branded so to attract buyers who in most cases do not know how to differentiate between the raw honey and the processed honey. Raw honey is darker in color than the processed honey. It also tends to be thicker and become solid due to granulation at certain temperatures. However it is extracted in liquid form. Raw honey may also contain particles of pollen and wax and it is ideal for those people who are allergic as it helps build their tolerance to pollen.

Strained honey-Honey is called strained when it has been passed over a mesh to remove ‘impurities’. These impurities may include bee knees, wax and propolis among other unwanted component. However strained honey does not pollen, enzymes, minerals and other vital vitamins.

Filtered honey– filtered is that honey that has been passed over a filter to get rid of such components as pollen, rough particles, bee knees and air bubbles. The process of filtering honey involves heating it to extreme temperatures so as to pass through the filter easily. This process kills enzymes that cannot survive in that high temperatures and also depletes the nutritious content of honey. Minerals and vitamins are lost in the process of heating the honey.

Pasteurized honey- This is honey that has gone pasteurization process. This process involves heating honey beyond 160 degrees Fahrenheit. When honey is heated up to these temperatures it becomes clearer and finer in particles. The process however depletes the best nutritious content of honey. Enzymes such as diastase are killed in this process. Pasteurization also increases the levels of hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) and this may lead to deterioration of the honey.


Generally honey is food that has very many health benefits to those eating it. When you go for honey it is important that you go for something more than just the great taste. Most of the honey you will find in the supermarket may be very convenient to use, you won’t need a spoon or knife to use when smearing it on your bread for breakfast but that convenience may be very expensive in that you will be using honey with great taste but no nutritional content. You should look for honey that has not been heated beyond 105 degrees Fahrenheit as overheating kills the enzymes, minerals and vitamins in the honey.