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Honey Facts


Honey Facts

Honey is a delightful substance and is a great sweet-tasting treat. Honey plays a very important role in the life of a honey bee, and also really beneficial to the human body.

Honey Nutrition

Much more than a simple sugar, Honey is rich in nutrients and minerals. It also has antibiotic properties that help in the healing process. Honey has been used by humankind for thousands of years. It gives energy and health to the human body.

What's in Honey?

Honey is a supersaturated solution of sugar with approximately 17% to 25% water. Fructose is the paramount sugar at 38.5%, followed by glucose at 31%. Disaccharide, trisaccharide and oligosaccharide are present in very smaller amounts. Honey contains carbohydrates, and small amounts of enzymes, vitamins, protein and minerals. It is rich in enzymatic as well as non-enzymatic antioxidants, including ascorbic acid, catalase, flavonoids and alkaloids. Also, honey contains approximately 18 different amino acids.

Honey Characteristics

Each variety of honey has unique characteristics. Some of the primary characteristics are color, moisture content, granulation, Dextrose (glucose sugars) levels and Levlose (fructose sugars) levels. The color is always graded with a number – A low number points a light color and high number shows dark color. Also, the granulation is given a number to rate at which point the honey tends to granulate or crystallize. Moisture levels, levlose & dextrose are based on percentage.



Raw Honey

Raw honey contains all the enzymes, pollen and other micro-nutrients that are usually filtered out / destroyed in the processing of honey. Conventionally, honey is heated and filtered so that it will remain liquified for a longer time. The raw honey will crystallize rapidly, due to the concept that it is unfiltered. Many people accept that raw honey comprises extra health benefits over the processed honey.

Uses of Honey

Honey has been used for a wide variety of purposes, from skin care to mead (honey wine). It is widely preferred as a sweetener, and it is a flavor enhancer. A broad variety of flavors available from different honeys.

Storage

Honey will not spoil, if stored properly. However, it will ferment if diluted by moisture or liquids. Prevent the fermentation by safekeeping container of honey tightly sealed, before & between uses.