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Honey Myths

Myth 1: All Pure Honey Crystallizes

  • Fact: While crystallized honey is a sign of good quality, not all pure honey crystallizes. Crystallization depends on the fructose-to-glucose ratio. High glucose content means quicker crystallization, like Mustard Honey, while honeys like Acacia take longer due to lower glucose levels. External temperature also plays a role.

Myth 2: White Foam Indicates Spoiled Honey

  • Fact: The white foam atop honey is merely air bubbles that have risen to the top. Far from spoiling, this foam is airy and delicious, and no cause for concern.

Myth 3: Honey never Spoils

  • Fact: Honey has an incredibly long shelf life when stored properly. Its hygroscopic nature means it absorbs moisture, which can lead to spoilage. Keep honey tightly closed, use dry utensils, and remember its acidic nature and hydrogen peroxide content, which act as natural preservatives.

Myth 4: Only Thick Honey is Pure

  • Fact: Honey’s thickness, or viscosity, varies based on temperature, moisture content, and carbohydrate composition. Honey can be runny or thick without affecting purity. Regional climate also influences honey’s consistency.

Myth 5: Metal Spoons Damage Honey

Fact: Using a metal spoon to scoop honey is harmless. However, due to honey’s natural acidity, it’s not advisable to store honey in metal containers or leave metal utensils in honey for extended periods.

Myth 6: Excessive Sweetness Means Added Sugar

Fact: Honey is naturally sweeter than sugar due to its composition. The taste of honey varies greatly, from very sweet to flavors like bitter, tangy, or even spicy. The Honey Company offers a diverse range of raw honey flavors to experience this diversity.

Myth 7: Honey and Diabetes

Fact: Diabetics should generally avoid table sugar. Honey can be included in a diabetic diet in controlled amounts, but it’s crucial to consult a healthcare professional to fit it into the prescribed carbohydrate intake.

Myth 7: Raw Honey and Allergies

Fact: The idea that consuming local raw honey can build tolerance to pollen allergies has some backing, but it’s not a one-size-fits-all remedy. It’s important to consult an allergist, especially for those with specific honey or bee-related allergies.

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