Honey is probably one of the most reliable sources of food that ever existed on the face of the planet. Furthermore, it is not just excellent for its medicinal properties, but it is also very tasty. We all like tasty medicines. No wonder mead is called the nectar of the gods.
It is also famous for the fact that it does not lose its properties after hundreds or even thousands of years. Based on recent research, scientists discovered in King Tut tomb 2,000-year-old vats of sealed honey. Plus, they believe that it might still be good to eat.
Another important aspect regarding honey is that it is the only source of food produced by insects that humans eat and store. But even more interesting is that it is the only food that may be retained.
God knew that bees will have to endure winter every year, so this is why bees store it. By doing this, they have a source of food on which they can rely during the low temperatures when they cannot pollinate.
No other insect on the planet produces any food edible for humans as well. It is also worth mentioning that honey is not used just as a source of food but also for other purposes such as cosmetics, creams, and soaps.
However, if you want to rely on the use of honey in the kitchen, you can simply add it in yogurts, fruits, tea, salad dressings, baked goods and while cooking in general. Experts believe that raw honey is the best. It means that this honey must be organic. If you want to buy a jar of honey, and you want to know whether it is raw, then it must be written on the label ‘unpasteurized’ or ‘untreated,’ although you can never be too sure.
According to the most experienced beekeepers, honey is truly ‘raw’ if it was not heated above 105 degrees Fahrenheit. If you heat it too much, its taste and consistency will change. The reason why we see on the market pasteurized honey is because this process prevents crystallization and increases shelf life.
Unfortunately, most people are not aware of the fact that if you heat honey at 161 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, it will lose most of its properties. On the other hand, raw honey is rich in nutrients, dense and tasty.
Plus, it contains pollen, wax particles, and amylase, an enzyme which contributes in the digestion process, especially in the case of foods containing starch. In addition to this, raw honey is alkalinizing in the stomach.
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