Raw honey is concentrated flower nectar that comes directly from the extractor; it is the only unheated, pure, unpasteurized and unprocessed honey. This type of honey contains alkaline foods similar to those found in fruits, which become alkaline in the digestive system.
It does not ferment in the stomach and can be used to fight acid digestion. In combination with ginger and lemon juice, it also reduces nausea and provides energy. Natural organic honey is the healthiest choice among the various forms of honey because it has the highest nutritional value and contains amylase, an enzyme concentrated in pollen that helps pre-digestion of starchy foods like bread.
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Most supermarket honey is not raw honey, but "commercial" honey that is heated and filtered to make it look cleaner and smoother, more attractive on the shelf, and easier to handle and pack. When honey is heated, the delicate aroma, yeast and enzymes, which are responsible for activating vitamins and minerals in the body's system, are partially destroyed. Therefore, such honey is not as nutritious as raw honey.
Characterized by finely structured crystals, raw honey looks more like milk and contains particles and stains of bee pollen, propolis, honeycomb and broken bee wing fragments. Raw, unfiltered honey has a relatively low water content (14% to 18%) and is high in antioxidants. It usually granulates and crystallizes to a margarine-like consistency within a month or two. Many people prefer to spread them over breads and waffles, dissolve them in hot coffee or tea, or use them for cooking and baking.