With so many different types of honey on the market, how can you figure out which is the best?
Also, what’s the difference in the labels between ‘raw’, ‘pure’ and ‘organic’?
Although they are all types of honey, the little differences in the labels can mean a lot to consumers. It is best to fully understand what kind of honey and its purity that you are buying, which you wish to ultimately benefit your health.
Raw Honey has not been heated until the point of pasteurisation (up to 118 degrees celsius), leaving the nutrients and enzymes present in raw honey intact. Thus, you get the full impact of all the healthy properties that honey really contains. In fact, the honey is mostly obtained by extraction, settling or straining, where the beeswax and other residue is removed.
When given a choice, raw honey can be a good selection for overall health, taste, bees and the environment.
On the other hand, when buying pure honey, you are getting 100% honey without any chemicals or additives. Sometimes additional ingredients such as corn syrup is added to honey to lower costs. However, ‘pure honey’ doesn’t always inform you about where the honey is harvested or about the varietal or strain of honey that is produced, so this label can be somewhat limiting.
Organic honey is organically harvested and processed without any use of chemicals and pesticides. The whole process is often strictly audited by a third-party organic association, ensuring that the utmost purity and quality of the honey. Furthermore, for certified organic honey, the honeybees cannot be fed antibiotics, which is common practice in the industry. While organic honey does not contain chemicals and pesticides, it may not be raw or unheated, so do read the label carefully to check if both wordings are included.
Which is the Best Type of Honey?
Where possible, choosing an organic or raw honey can ensure you get the best grade of honey for consumption.
For Nature’s Glory, you can get the best of both worlds with our organic honeys. Our organic honeys such as Organic Dew Honey and Organic Lemon Honey are both NASAA Certified Organic. They are all natural, and contain no added sugar, chemical or pesticides. In addition, no heat pasteurisation or irradiation used, so you can get the whole nutrients from the honey.
Similarly, our Manuka honeys like Organic New Zealand Manuka Honey Bioactive 15+ Nature's Glory and Organic New Zealand Manuka XO Honey Bioactive 30+ are also organically certified honeys with no additional chemical or pesticides used. There is no heat pasteurisation or irradiation used and it is lightly filtered into glass amber bottles, resulting in a high quality-premium nutrient-rich honey.
While there are many different labels of honey out there, it is important to read carefully into the details. Another alternative is to look at buying from established brands that are transparent about their harvesting and farming process to ensure that you are getting a high quality honey with the best health benefits.