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Processing of honey is a chronological procedure that involves heating, filtration and moisture reduction. Nowadays in the market mostly processed or synthetic honey is available.
Overheating of honey, Ultrafiltration and excessive moisture reduction methods would kill all the nutrients of honey.
The aim of extreme honey processing is just for commercial purposes to increase profit. However, this way of handling natural honey takes away all its essential micronutrients. Similarly, it affects the natural flavour, taste and colour of honey.
Raw honey contains bee pollen and bioactive compounds such as antioxidants, enzymes, and micronutrients like vitamins and minerals which play an important role in the healing and prevention of health disorders.
People during the olden times used to consume honey by extracting directly from the beehives. The honey extracted directly from the beehive is raw honey, which is the truest form of honey. through centuries this raw form of honey has enabled humans to experience health benefits.
It is rare that we stumble upon honey that is in the raw form in the current day.
Processed honey doesn’t have the medicinal properties that raw honey has. The processing (pasteurization) of honey takes away all the bee pollen and bioactive compounds reducing its health benefits.
Processing of honey involves heating up to 70°C.
honey starts losing its nutritive value when heated beyond 45°C
Filtration of honey is through a 10-50 micron filter.
Filtration removes bee pollen, which is beneficial for health.
Bulk harvesting usually involves the extraction of unripe honey. Unripe honey contains excess moisture (20-25%) which is more than ripe honey(18%). this excess moisture may cause the fermentation of honey. Therefore, moisture reduction during processing is mandatory.
Heating and evaporation remove excess moisture. As a result, the shelf life of honey increases.
Excess heating and evaporation take away the delicate aroma and nutritive value of honey.
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Our three decades of experience helps us in escaping the processing of honey.
As mentioned earlier, we don’t follow the industrial practice of heating or pasteurization (60-70°C) and ultrafiltration of honey. Instead, before packing, we warm(44°C) honey and strain it. The main aim of this process is just to remove any visible impurities. we are filtering Bharat honey using 200-micron mesh, which doesn’t remove the bee pollen.
Honey found on supermarket shelves is heavily processed.
Processing removes the nutritional and medicinal value of honey.
It is advisable to consume Raw or at least processed honey, for instance, Bharat honey.
Raw Honey has bee pollen, active enzymes and many essential micronutrients which are responsible for all of its health benefits. in short, processing removes the nutritional and medicinal value of honey.