10 Quick Facts About Raw Honey
Raw honey is the only food produced by insects that is eaten by human beings. In all other instances, people eat insects and insects suck blood out of people. The honey insects are, of course, the ever busy bees which live in colonies that are up to 60,000 insects strong. Honey is insect food, made specifically to feed the colony.
But besides being the sweetest naturally occurring substance known to man, honey has other interesting properties. Here’s a brief fact sheet to help us understand what is raw honey;
How Honey Is Made: It takes the combined effort of several bees to make every small bit of honey. Once a bee gets back from a nectar collection trip, it regurgitates the nectar from the honey pouch, a stomach chamber that is separate from its food stomach, and chews on it before passing it on to other bees to help in the chewing. Only after about 30 minutes of communal chewing does the nectar turn into honey.
- People Do Not Digest Honey. Raw Honey is fully digested food. When you take a lick of honey, the sugar is absorbed straight into your bloodstream. It is natural instant energy.
- Honey Is A Balanced Meal: Honey is the only food that is complete – it has all food substances required to sustain life. Besides the sugar, honey has enzymes, vitamins and water. That explains why you cannot eat as many honey cakes as you can other cakes. One generous piece of honey cake and you will feel you’ve had enough because your body know it’s fully supplied with food.
Not all Honey Is Medicinal: Raw honey has medicinal and therapeutic properties. Not so with grocery store bought processed honey. Raw natural honey contains pollen from the flowers where the nectar was drawn, giving it a complete range of healing properties. Processing, which typically involves heating at high temperatures or irradiation, destroys the pollen. For a more detailed look at a variety of the medicinal properties of raw honey, see our blog, 9 Unusual Benefits of Honey and Cinnamon.
There Are Different Types Of Honey: Not all raw honey looks, smells, or tastes the same. Like wine, honey comes from different regions – with a difference in plant types such as blueberry, cranberry, western clover, or orange blossom. They all have different texture, color, aroma and flavors. But all natural honey is thick, sticky or viscous, unlike processed honey which is mostly smooth liquid.
- Honey Never Spoils: Raw honey is a natural preservative that never spoils. As long as it is in a closed container – where it cannot be contaminated by impurities – honey can literally last forever. Archeologists have found perfectly edible honey in 2,000 old vats such as those dug from the tomb of ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Tut.
- Honey Stains Can Be Cleaned With Warm Water: Raw honey is biodegradable in warm water. When warm water is poured into a container that was holding honey or stained clothes, the remnants of the honey lift off making the cleaning exercise surprisingly easy.
Honey Is Not Good For Babies: Honey is dangerous to kids below one year. It sometimes – not all the time – causes botulism, a bacterial infection that is rarely a problem to adults but which is highly risky to kids with a still immature immune system.
- Honey Is Not Mass Produced: It’s hard work creating honey. A worker bee typically makes 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in her entire lifetime, which ranges from a month and a half to 6 months. To make a pound of honey, the bee would have to visit about 2 million flowers.
Honey Is Winter Food For Bees: Bees work so hard in warms months to stock up on honey for the winter. When the cold sets in, they huddle around their Queen to keep warm and feed on the year’s stock of honey while ensuring that their queen, who is the mother of them all and only one who bears baby-bees, gets first priority.
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