4 myths about honey debunked – what is the truth after all?

 

Honey, or the “nectar of the Gods” as it is also called, is one of the foods that should never miss from anyone’s home. Believe it or not, it comes with a series of great benefits for the skin and other parts of the body and for one’s health. Although the easiest place to go and buy honey is the supermarket, if you really want to taste a high quality product, you should definitely consider buying local honey, since this one is not pasteurized. Over the years, numerous myths on honey have appeared, so here are the four most popular ones debunked.

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The more light-coloured the honey, the better and more pure it is

People are afraid of buying honey that is darker in colour because they believe it is not good, when in fact they could not have been any more wrong. Truth is honey gets its colour from a series of factors such as the types of flowers, the bee species, time of the year and temperature when pollen is collected and so on. As a result, this should not be a criterion when choosing what honey to buy.

Once it is crystallised, it is bad

Either you like it or not, all honey crystallises sooner or later, regardless the place you purchase it. However, what you should know is that this is a natural process and that you should not consider that once honey turns into sugar crystals it is not good to consume anymore. You can make it liquid again simply by placing the jar in warm, but not boiling water and keep it there for several minutes.

You should not scoop honey with a metal spoon

There is this misconception that if you use a metal spoon to scoop honey the spoon will corrode. While it is true that the average pH of honey is of 3.9, which means it is acidic, it is still not enough to make metal spoon corrode if you simply use it to scoop. On the other hand, leaving the spoon in the honey jar for several weeks or months may affect the texture of the object, but what is the purpose of doing so after all?

Pasteurized honey is healthier

This is another common myth everyone should stop believing. Most pasteurized honey can be found in supermarkets and while it may be cheaper than raw honey you buy from locals, the former one sure does not have the same taste as the latter one, which is why it is best you find a reputable local honey provider.