There is such a big variety of honey sold at the store that it can be quite difficult to pick one! To help you make the best choice possible for you and your family, here's a little guide on honey.
First, you should know that raw honey is simply honey “as it exists in the beehive” and is also called pure honey. It is not heated to the point of pasteurization which is 118 °F. It is simply strained from the honeycombs of the hive and bottled ready to be enjoyed!
On the other hand, "regular" honey or "organic" honey requires a few more steps. It is pasteurized and filtered to extend its shelf life and remove impurities. It also makes the final product more aesthetically pleasant and help it stay liquid for a longer period of time. However, commercial honey can even go through ultrafiltration which make the honey even smoother but remove beneficial nutrients such as pollen, enzymes and antioxidants!
Organic Health decided to investigate more on this process and this is what they found:
" [A] searing investigation of the honey market by Food Safety News found that 76% of all honey bought at grocery stores were treated with a process called “ultra-filtration,” which removes not only impurities like wax, but also all traces of pollen. And of the types of brands at grocery stores, the ones that were far-and-away the most likely to be ultra-filtered were generic brands.
One ounce of raw honey contains approximately 20 vitamins, 18 amino acids, 16 minerals, and a ton of antioxidants and phytonutrients. Raw honey is an antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal substance. It is also highly nutritious. It contains significant amounts of B2, B3, B5, B6, C, magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, sulphur, and phosphate."
So every time you hear honey is healthy and can be used for many home remedies, this does not apply to honey that has been "ultra-filtered" as some key nutriments are removed!
The bottom line is that you should buy raw honey if you can find it! However, that type honey might contain spores of a bacteria called Clostridium botulinum and can be very harmful to babies and children therefore should never be given to a baby under one.
Here is a little video to help you make a pick at the grocery store.
Do you often buy honey? How do you use it?