Honey starts as flower nectar collected by bees which gets broken down into simple sugars stored inside the honey comb. The design of honey comb and constant fanning of the bees wings causes evaporation creating sweet liquid honey. Honey’s color and flavor varies based on the nectar collected by the bees. After honey is extracted, it is strained to remove any remaining wax and other particles. Following are some questions related to honey:
- How do we differentiate between adulterated and pure honey?
Take a glass of water and add 1 tsp honey. Adulterated honey will dissolve whereas pure honey will settle in the bottom of the glass as lumps as pure honey is more dense in texture.
- Does honey expire ?
Pure honey does not go bad.
- Which honey is best?
Unprocessed/ Raw or directly if you get it from beekeeper who asks for vessel.
- Can old honey make us sick?
It is safe to eat but if stored for a long time honey may become darker and loose aroma and flavor. Its not tasty or attractive but there is no health risk.
- What happens if you eat honey everday?
Honey is linked to health benefits. It is an excellent antioxidant. Best is to replace all other forms of sugar with honey.
- Should honey be refrigerated?
No as it will get solidified.
- When should we take honey?
Best to take in the morning on empty stomach in warm water with lemon and bedtime too.
- How much honey to be consumed everyday?
Ideally not more than 4 tsp as we get sugars from other sources too.
- Can honey be heated?
Honey looses its enzymes and nutrients when heated. It may cause negative chemical change and will taste bitter.