We have been having more customers come into The Honey Cottage and ask, what is raw honey? What are the nutritional benefits of honey? I am so excited to show you why honey is the way it is!
Raw honey starts with the bees drinking nectar from the flowers and adding their enzymes to the nectar. That is it! The flowers the bees visit provide everything that bees and humans need to survive on. The bees then take the nectar to the hive, put it into cells, and lower the moisture level. When the water content is about 15%-20% the bees will cap it signifying it is ready for human consumption. Honey has 180 known substances in it!
Raw honey straight from the hive has naturally occurring sugars in it. Raw honey from the hive has 20 different sugars in it; these are the main sugars in honey:
-Dextrose -Levulose -Maltose
-Fructose -Sucrose -Glucose
It also has:
Probiotics, prebiotics, water, proteins, enzymes, antioxidants, and phytonutrients.
15 different acids – gluconic, citric, formic, lactic, amino, and pyruvic just to name a few.
Vitamins – vitamins A, C, D, E, K, B complex vitamins, and beta carotene.
Minerals and trace minerals – potassium, sodium, magnesium,silica, copper, iodine to name a few.
Other nutrients – pigments, esters, tannis, and terpenes, to name some of them.
18 Flavonoids – quercetin, luteolin, kaempferol, apigenin, chrysin, and galangin to name some of them.
There are many other things in the products from the hive that have not been identified yet! All products from the hive cannot be duplicated by man! The most important thing that we want you to understand; ALL the sugar that is in honey is from the FLOWERS! The nutrients that you receive from honey are nothing you are going to find in table sugar, corn syrup, or even artificial sugars. Honey is an anti-inflammatory; this means it will fight inflammation! You can’t get anything better then that!
Come back next month and find out why honey is the best choice for your life! We will be answering questions such as: why is honey different from other sugars you find at the store? Can I get sugar free honey? How is honey better from other sugars?
From our hive to yours,