In the era of enormous technological progress, extinction of hundreds of species of insects, decline of bee populations it is difficult to find good and quality honey. From this article you will learn what are the differences between real and artificial honey – you will never be cheated again!
Artificial honey varieties are made from sugar syrup that tastes similar to real honey, but is actually a tasty illusion with much less nutritional value. Fake honey is commercially processed under extreme conditions – heated to high temperatures, which destroys the rich nutrients it had when it was removed from the hive. Once the heat hits, it’s diluted with water (so it’s cheaper for producers) and then sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, dextrose and molasses to make it more like natural honey.
Even the valuable pollen (which real honey is naturally endowed with) is removed in the process of making fake honey, resulting in further loss of nutritional value.
Real honey is produced by honey bees. These remarkable creatures use their straw-like long tongues to suck nectar from flowers. This is then stored in what are called honey stomachs.
After visiting between 100 and 1500 flowers to fill their stomachs, they return to the hive and pass the nectar to other worker bees. These bees then chew the nectar (literally) and pass it “mouth to mouth,” from bee to bee, until the moisture content is significantly reduced. During the chewing process, the bees’ enzymes break down the complex sugars in the nectar into simple sugars. This makes it more digestible for the bees and less susceptible to bacterial attack during storage in the hive. It is also the chewing process that gives honey its antibacterial properties.
Finally, the honey is placed in storage cells and covered with beeswax – ready for the arrival of the newborn bees. However, honey is great for more than just them. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties are amazing, which is one of the reasons people love honey so much. It’s also great for dressing wounds and treating minor burns, and is widely used as a cough suppressant and immune booster.
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