Did you know that it takes a total of twelve honeybees their entire lives to make a single teaspoon of pure honey? Although this sounds like a lot of work, the final product is one of the healthiest substances in the world. But the production and manufacturing process have a dark side. Do not let that label in the grocery store fool you!
Many big companies are unfortunately known for bad practices when it comes to the production of commercial honey. Once it is procured, they heat it up to high temperature in order for it to smoothly flow through machines. This process depletes any flavor and nutrients in the process. It also subjects honey to over-cooking and over caramelization. In efforts to cut honey to make it go further and boost margins, the true essence is killed and becomes nothing like the health promoting powerhouse of its raw unpasteurized counterpart.
Honey Bee Keepers
While there are beekeepers who respect the bee’s natural honey making process, there are also an abundance of those who do not. They resort to feeding their bees sugar instead of allowing the bees to harvest the nutrients that they need to manufacture honey. Feeling like they have a business to run, these commercial beekeepers do anything to hasten the honey-making process. Their main concern is making large profits. This affects the insects by weakening the natural process. As such, the sugar will end up in the bee’s cells and consequently get mixed up with the honey. Therefore, the honey that is purchased from these suppliers is no longer pure. There are no benefits that come from the tampered honey.
Raw, organic honey is the healthiest option that you will ever have. This type is cloudy and solid at room temperature. It is also anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral. It is equally full of B vitamins, calcium, magnesium and potassium.
It is not wise for farmers and manufacturers to deprive bees of their natural honey-making process. It does matter if we want a healthy ecosystem and happy bees, it is important to make a difference by choosing the right kind of honey.
When it comes to good honey, do not go for the cheaper option. Cheaper is not better.