Differences Between “Honey” and Raw Organic Honey

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Honey vs Raw Honey

Believe it or not, not all honey was created equal. When you are grocery shopping, you may not realize that you may be losing out by buying fake honey. Bee pollen is considered to be one of nature’s best and most nourishing foods. It’s packed with protein that is combined with amino acids, that can be easily used by your body. In Chinese medicine, bee pollen is used to improve unbalanced nutrition, vitality, longevity, energy, etc. Bee pollen is also used for weight control, health, beauty, allergies, anti-aging and more. All of these qualities are lost with the removal of bee pollen. Regular honey does not contain bee pollen.

Why Companies Remove Bee Pollen & The History of Fake Honey

So this brings us to our next point, why is it that this wonderful nature’s miracle is removed from our honey? Everything started in China. After noticing its incredible effects on health and honey’s benefits, the demand for honey skyrocketed. Chinese, being historically experts at mass manufacturing and imitation, began to produce very cheap quality honey. So much in fact, that it started to export the honey to other countries, including the United States. Fast forward to 2003, where Smuckers recalls 12,040 cases of honey; followed by Sara Lee, which used 100,000 pounds of honey in its baked products.  The cause? Chinese honey. During testing, contaminants such as chloramphenicol (used in eye drops, side effects include leukemia) were found.

So how did they know that this honey came from the Chinese? You see, bee pollen contains DNA which can be used to trace back the honey to its origination. Following these recalls, U.S. banned all honey coming in from China. Now the Chinese were stuck with tons of honey that could simply not be sold. The Chinese are smart businessmen, so they came up with a solution. If you can’t ship it from China, ship it from somewhere else. They sent their cheap honey to India where it was mixed with Indian honey with pollen and voila. “New” yet still potentially contaminated and unnatural honey was born.

A while later, they came up with Ultra Filtration. Ultrafiltration is the process of removing the bee pollen from the honey, which leaves honey virtually nutrition-less but it gives it an extremely long shelf life. Fast forward to 2013, and 3 out of 4 bottles of “honey” are fake. 76% of all honey in our stores are pollen-free.  That makes most of the honey sold in United States fake.

Choose Raw Organic Honey

The market is literally polluted with cheap, health damaging honey. So be careful when you make your choice. Find honey that is raw and organic.It has tons of health benefits and does not damage your health. If you want us to help you with differentiating the two, please let us know and we’ll make a post about it. For now, here are the differences between honey and raw honey.

honey vs raw honey

Also Read: Here’s What’s Wrong with Your “Natural” Snack Bars

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Sega Mega Driver

This was interesting and helpful. Thank you for taking the time to write it!

Nathan Rice
Nathan Rice

Really good to share this kind of information. Raw honey is so delicious. I really don’t think the general consumer knows the difference.

Shawn
Shawn

i didn’t see what the difference was between raw and organic raw. I have bees on a organic farm but across the road they spray everything where in the U. S. Is that not the case unless your in the middle of a organic farm. I would think you would have to have at least 4 miles of organic around your bees. Thank you

Frank
Frank

How do we know where the bees are coming from, meaning if the flowers where they collect their pollen have or have not been sprayed with pesticides

Charley
Charley

I’d had digestive issues for more than 10 years. I recently met a ‘honey farmer’ and stopped buying commercial honey. My digestive problems have ceased. Hallelujah! I had no idea, until I read this article today, that there was a difference in honeys, or that it was my changing my honey that cured my digestive issues.

BobbyBonillaDatNigga #CuhGang
BobbyBonillaDatNigga #CuhGang

Cool! Send me some of that over here in LA lol

Rex Kittle
Rex Kittle

Organic Raw Honey, boy I love Honey Bees !!!!!! I not only eat it, I also use it to heal. A couple of operations and my doctor told me to use a white cream to heal where he cut, but it didn’t work. So I used Y.S. Organic Raw Honey. After applying it in and out, I placed a bandage over the area and covered all sides with tape so not to let it leak. After 1 1/2 days, I took the bandage off and it looked like it was many months old, I could not believe how well it… Read more »

River P
River P

But how of course can you tell your raw organic honey is all of the above. Well you cant, the Chinese dont put chemicals and contaminates into their honey on purpose, its because it out there in the environment the bees forage in. So whats stopping the Chinese sending bulk unfiltered honey to India and the Indians selling it as raw organic Acacia Himalayan honey to the Americans? Well nothing really! Same as they do already with cheap hyper filtered honey, they send it all over the world. Unfortunately there just isn’t an easy test for consumers to be able… Read more »

Tony
Tony

What’s difference between filtered & unfiltered? Heard that you shouldn’t buy unfiltered.

Enrique Bartlett
Enrique Bartlett

Raw or Processed? Is raw honey more nutritious than processed or filtered honey? While there is no official U.S. federal definition of “raw” honey, it generally means honey that has not been heated or filtered. According to the FDA, “nutritious” can be used in reference to the diet as a whole, not an individual food. Nevertheless, we often see or hear claims that raw honey is “more nutritious” or “better for you,” primarily because raw honey may contain small amounts of pollen grains that are often removed during processing or filtering. Honey is produced by honey bees from the nectar… Read more »

BobbyBonillaDatNigga #CuhGang
BobbyBonillaDatNigga #CuhGang

Thank you. May God Bless You for this information.

Nitesh choudhary
Nitesh choudhary

Plz help me differentiate between honey and Raw organic honey

SchuBeDo
SchuBeDo

If a baking recipe calls for raw honey but I only have regular (from local apiary – yay!), can I substitute 1:1?

Nathan Rice
Nathan Rice

Really good to share this kind of information. Raw honey is so delicious. I really don’t think the general consumer knows the difference.

Sega Mega Driver
Sega Mega Driver

This was interesting and helpful. Thank you for taking the time to write it!

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