Raw Honey: What’s the difference?

Raw Honey Why Raw

Thursday, April 02nd, 2009 11:44am

Raw Honey is preferred raw by a growing number of consumers. Raw honey is preferred over processed honey for the same reasons raw vegetables are preferred over cooked vegetables. Vitamins, nutrients and enzymes beneficial to the body are present and easily assimilated from raw honey. Processed honey (honey that has been heated over 119 degrees) has had these natural nutrients destroyed before the honey is packed in the jar.

Scientist now agree that our intake of raw foods reduce the free radical buildup in the body, decrease aging, builds a disease free healthier body and mind and reduces unwanted fat deposits. Raw honey is one food source that has unlimited uses in our diet. The miscreants, refined white sugar, refined white salt and bleached white flour, have suffocated digestive tracts, clogged circulatory systems causing disease and premature death. Raw honey has the ability to replace the sugar in every application of your diet. (Try natural sea salt and whole wheat flour products to eliminate the other two culprits. No blends should be used.) If you suffer from any gastrointestinal problems such as acid reflux, constipation, ulcers, colitis, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome then you should immediately consider a diet preclusion of the miscreants and START including RAW HONEY in your diet.

Raw Honey for good heart health is a perfect match. Muscle maintenance needs minerals and vitamins that are both found in raw honey. Treat your body to the best natural raw food known to man, RAW HONEY. A source for gourmet raw honey is N-ergetics.com

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Raw Honey Buzz

Thursday, October 09th, 2008 12:20pm

Raw honey buzz by definition is raw Honey as it is stored in the beehive honey combs, raw honey spun out of the frames by the extractor, or straining without the raw honey reaching 120 °F or more. Raw honey below 120 °F flows very slow, resists straining and therefore may contain some particles of wax, pollen and propolis. It is inconvenient, more labor intensive, more time consuming, and as a consequence is far more expensive to process raw honey at this low temperature.

Raw honey is preferred by health conscious consumers because the beneficial enzymes in raw honey aid digestion, general good health and is the core component to hundreds of honey remedies. Raw honey has become very rare on the open market as honey supplies dwindle because of the mysterious honey bee disappearance through colony collapse disorder, fewer beekeepers, disease and theft. Smaller beekeeping companies are more apt to cater to a raw honey market. Commercial beekeepers can sell their entire honey crop by processing it quickly, and pasteurizing it to prevent a possibility of fermentation. Beehive theft has become rampant throughout the farming areas as beehive rentals for pollination of fruits, nuts and vegetables reach a high of $175 for 30 days of honeybee presence while the farmed crop blooms. The thief is seldom the beekeeper who wants to take excessive time and energy to produce a raw honey product (for a marginal increase per pound) when he could sell all the honey and get his money quickly and move on.

Raw honey contains all the natural components of raw honey including trace minerals, pollen, amino acids, vitamins, live enzymes, propolis, and antioxidants that are considered essential for good health. Many claims are made by processors saying they have a raw honey product. Very few have taken the precautions outlined above to process honey with heat under 120 °F. The key to finding quality raw honey is finding someone who has a record of selling a raw honey for a sustained period of years with many satisfied customers.

The best raw honey is always the honeys that are best for you. Most honey is a blend of several types of honey. A prudent beekeeper can harvest individual nectar from a single kind of flower source. This monofloral honey can be processed raw and becomes a Gourmet Raw Honey. This is the premium of all honey. Wine can taste distinctly different depending upon the grape or fruit that it is made from. Gourmet Raw Honey can have the same distinct different taste depending on the flower that produced the nectar.

N-Ergetics Gourmet Raw Honey is the premium gift to yourself.
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Raw Honey natural Antioxidants

Tuesday, July 01st, 2008 5:30pm

Raw honey contains minerals amino acids, enzymes, natural antioxidants, and vitamins. These healthy raw honey benefits can vary greatly depending on the flower source the nectar is gathered from. The study of spores and pollens in raw honey (known as melissopalynology) can determine flower source that the nectar of every raw honey.

Raw Honey has health qualities that include antiseptic, digestion aid and promoting burn healing.

Raw honey also contains many of the trace minerals needed to sustain a healthy body including selenium, phosphorous, zinc, chromium, potassium, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese and calcium.

Nutraceuticals have been discovered in raw honey. Nutraceuticals are important nutrients that provide the necessary building blocks for the complete functions of a healthy immune system and provides benefits in addition to those benefits found in regular metabolic activity by assisting in the neutralizing free radicals destruction in the body.
Nobel Laureate winner twice, Dr. Linus Pauling, declared “one could trace every ailment and every disease to a mineral deficiency.” Even though 99% of the human body is made up of minerals, the minerals are usually over¬looked when nutrition is being considered. “…the human body must have a minimum of 60 minerals in order to maintain an ailment and disease free state.” Gary Price Todd, M.D. Raw honey provides many critical minerals, the key nutrients, for many biological processes needed to maintain wellbeing, and a good healthy immune system. Raw honey contains the important trace mineral selenium that is a vital antioxidant in the tissues of the body that assists the support of an optimal cardio-protective balance and also supports a healthy immune system.

Raw honey can be used as an alternative to artificial and processed sugars and raw honey can be used in most recipes that call for sugar. Raw Honey can be used to cook with and tastes sweet with unique flavor to each variety of flower that the nectar was gathered from.

Raw Honey has Potent Antioxidants that Can Destroy Free Radicals

Raw Honey contains a number of effective antioxidants that neutralize damage by free radicals. Antioxidants can be purchased in the local health food store, but the antioxidants that do the best job in your body come from the natural foods we eat. Raw honey contains some of the same antioxidants found in green leafy vegetables. Although you cannot substitute raw honey for your vegetables, you can enjoy the benefits of potent antioxidants found in raw honey naturally. Food born antioxidants are the most effective way to eliminate damaging free radicals in the body. Raw honey contains at least three powerful antioxidants:

    Flavonoids are strong antioxidants that increase energy and balance the immune system.
    • Antioxidant (flavonoid) pinocembrin is thought to be unique to honey, optimizing health benefits.
    • Antioxidant (flavonoid) pinostrobin supports and promotes healthy enzyme activity.
    • Antioxidant ladened organic acids sustain raw honey with a slight acidic pH that supports good health and digestion.
    • Raw honey also has Amino acids that are nature’s protein building blocks.

“Natural” labeled honey is misleading and not necessarily healthy and useful. All honey starts as natural honey. But when commercially processed, natural honey is cooked until it is devoid of most of its minerals, nutrients, enzymes and antioxidants. The healthful benefits are only completely available in raw honey. Honey comb honey is raw honey, honey that has not been heated over 118 degrees F. is raw honey. All other honeys have had their health benefits greatly reduced or eliminated.

Commercial processed honey has had the critical phytonutrients of raw honey, filtered out by high pressure pumps and micron strainers. Phytonutrients in raw honey include healthy byproducts such as:

    • Propolis or “bee glue”, (used in the hive to glue the frames and hive bodies together), propolis is a gummy substance full of enzymes, created by the bees when they add their own proteins with tree sap and other plant resins.
    • Enzyme and protein packed pollen, carried by bees in tiny pouches on their back legs as they collect pollen for food for juvenile bees.

Propolis and pollen contain large amounts of antioxidant compounds, which healthy bodies convert to strong immune systems. Raw honey contains minute particles of wax, propolis and pollen that are nutrient rich additions to the healthy qualities of raw honey. Most raw honey can be held up to the light to see the small particles suspended in the honey. If the honey looks crystal clear, there is a 90% chance that it has been pasteurized and high pressure filtered, removing most of the healthy benefits normally found in raw honey.

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Benefits of Raw Honey

Monday, March 31st, 2008 3:40pm

Benefits of raw honey has been characterized as remedy and medicinal for both internal and external use. Most of the benefits of raw honey are derived from raw honey that has not been pasteurized, or heated above 120°. No other single food holds the value that honey encapsulates. Honey has every nutrient including water to sustain life without outside sustenance. Beneficial enzymes, vitamins and other nutrients are combined in raw honey to provide for a natural and harmful treatment for many ailments of the human body. The benefits of raw honey, range from helping weak bones, burn healings, digestion, and open wound sterilization.

Calcium absorption and hemoglobin count can be increased by the use of raw honey to prevent anemia, while helping arthritic joints honey when combined with apple cider vinegar. Other benefits of raw honey are to fight respiratory infections including colds, flues, allergies, while boosting the immune system, hates in the healing of ulcers. Some raw honey benefits are:  

A general laxative overcoming constipation, while providing valuable minerals and vitamins to our diet. Regular raw honey users find that their symptoms of insomnia are replaced with restful sleep. When raw honey is applied infected wounds bytes for strings. You’ll notice that the antiseptic properties of raw honey drawing infection or poison from the wounds and is also known to seal the wound from many airborne contaminants.

Researchers found that raw honey has outperformed antibiotics for stomach ulcers, corneas, surgical wound infections, skin grafts, gangrene and the protection of bones for blood vessels during shipment and storage.

Another of the benefits of raw honey shows that honey contains a natural antibiotic that kills microbes and work against parasites and bacteria. Applying honey topically speeding the healing of damaged or infected tissues found to be deceased or traumatized. The enzymes minerals and vitamins aid in the healing of these topical wounds.

The least known of the benefits of raw honey is the ability if raw honey to eliminate
Free Radicals in the body. A teaspoon of raw honey a day raises blood levels of needed protective antioxidant compounds in humans. According to research presented March 28, 2004 at the American Chemical Society in Anaheim, CA by Heidrun Gross, Biochemist and associates from the University of California.

Only Raw honey should be used to achieve maximum benefits of raw honey.
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Raw Honey, or Cooked honey?

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 6:25pm

Raw Honey is honey in its natural state that has not had external heat applied. Honey in the comb is raw. Honey that has been extracted in a centrifugal force honey comb extractor is raw honey. Honey that has been extracted and allowed to strain through cheese cloth is still raw honey. Now comes the fine line of raw honey verses cooked honey! As a beekeeper, how hot can he heat the honey so that it will flow easily and he/she can bottle the honey and still maintain that it is RAW HONEY?

There is no agency, organization or governing body that certifies the parameters honey must meet in order to be called raw honey. The National Honey Board only defines “Raw Honey”: “as it exists in the beehive or as obtained by extraction, settling or straining without adding heat.” We concur! Honey that is extracted or stored at or below the ambient highest temperature of an operating beehive can be sold as “RAW HONEY”! The highest inside hive temperature known surviving, operating, honey gathering colony was 118 degrees Fahrenheit . The raw honey produced from this hive had viable enzymes and nutrients available for assimilation. Therefore if the honey being harvested, extracted and stored does not exceed 118 degrees it is still raw honey! Honey is pasteurized at 140 degrees F. So somewhere in the 22 degree spread the honey goes from being very good for you as raw honey to that of just another cooked food and a commercial packed honey. The proof is in the hive. If the inside of the hive raises above 118 degrees F. the wax will melt! Nature’s done button…

Ask for raw honey from your beekeeper. It takes 50% more effort to produce raw honey, but its worth it!

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Raw Honey: The best honey for your health.

Thursday, November 01st, 2007 2:11pm

Raw Honey is very different from commercially processed honey. Millions of pounds of honey are blended, pasteurized and produced each year by large and small honey packers alike. This is this safest and fastest method to preserve the beekeepers product. It is not the best honey for your health. Honey is heated to 145°F for thirty minutes to pasteurize, killing enzymes, causing 20% of the vitamins to be lost , and irreversible denaturation of proteins and glucose oxidase. Third degree burns are caused by 140°F of heat.

It is extremely difficult, time consuming and costly to handle honey at lower temperatures. The lower the temperature of honey the slower it flows. Therefore rather than charge more for raw honey, the beekeeper chooses to not produce raw honey at all. After all, raw honey and cooked honey looks the same, tastes similar and therefore the health benefits are disregarded and we have “pure honey” on the grocer’s shelf that tastes the same no matter which chain sells it or which producer bottled the honey. There are no standardized government requirements or honey organization guidelines for labeling Raw Honey. There are some “raw honey” producers that bottle their honey at 140°F. Most of the enzymes are killed and the nutritional valve reduced. There are some that pack comb honey in pasteurized honey and call it “Raw Honey”, (If you could take the comb out of the liquid honey and allow to drain then consume only the uncapped honey in the comb, you would have attained raw honey.)

RAW HONEY is rich in minerals, vitamins, antioxidant compounds and benificial enzymes that allows for proper calcium absorption, effective carbohydrate assimilation, prebiotics for friendly bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract, lowering plasma insulin levels, decreases plasma prostaglandin concentrations, greatly reducing risks of a barrage of illnesses from allergies to heart disease.

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Raw Honey: Nectar Unpolluted and not Cooked to Death

Thursday, November 01st, 2007 11:08am

The benefits of honey are found only in raw honey. Raw Honey is honey that has not had heat applied greater than the heat of the beehive. Raw honey is not a medley of honey, wax, propolis, and pollen. Although raw honey may have traces of these hive components, it should not have more than a trace of each.

Pure raw honey should not be heated by the beekeeper over 120 degrees. This will insure that the vitamins and enzymes will be viable and that the body will be able to assimilate this food source and enjoy the health benefits of the honey.

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