Natural coconut 🥥 oil solidifies at a certain temperature, especially during winter. We all know this is a natural behaviour, right?

Though honey 🍯 is most loved, it is least understood by many. 

People are aware of the honey benefits, but not many people know about the natural behaviours of raw honey or unprocessed honey.

So, today get ready to bust your myths about raw honey!
Honey crystallization
1. Honey does not crystallize 😲

What does crystallization of honey mean?

Crystallization is a natural and uncontrolled process that happens when the glucose (or sugar content) in honey loses water and takes the form of crystals.

This means that you may notice that your honey turned into small sugar crystals or starts solidifying.

Honey has carbohydrates, and carbohydrates contain glucose and fructose.

Water holds glucose and fructose together to form a suspension, which is why we get the smooth drippy texture of honey.

Glucose is less soluble in water compared to fructose. If the honey contains more glucose than fructose, it will crystallize faster than the honey which contains more of fructose.

Another factor which causes crystallization is 'temperature'. The colder the climate, the faster honey crystallizes.

Hence, if your honey crystallises, you should be happy because it is a sign that the honey is pure, raw and unpasteurized.

If you prefer liquid honey, here are a few things you should do.
  1. Put the honey jar in hot water. Do not boil.
  2. Or keep it under the sun.
  3. Do not microwave or heat the honey directly.

Honey should not be heated above 40 degree Celsius to maintain the enzymes and to make sure that honey remains raw with all its nutritional value.

Honey that has been overheated rarely crystallizes, so finding solid honey is a good indication that it isn't processed.
Honey Foam
2. Honey does not foam 😒

Just like crystallization, you might notice foam forming on top of the honey bottle. It sometimes oozes out of the bottle. And this foam is absolutely normal.

While filling the honey in bottles, the air gets trapped in it and later comes up to the top. This foam is rich with pollen content and sometimes has traces of propolis.
Haney color and texture
3. Color and taste is different from the previous batch 😡

Raw honey can be of a different color from very dark to almost colorless depending on the source of nectar. Honey generally appears lighter when crystallized.

Taste, color, and thickness depend on many factors.

The texture could come from the flowers the bees are collecting nectar from. Different seasons and weather conditions also affect honey's taste, texture, and color.
Honey for infants and diabetics
4. Honey for infants and diabetic patients 👶

It is advised to avoid giving honey to newborn babies and infants as their digestive systems are not completely developed to handle raw honey.

It is not always recommended for people with diabetis.

Diabetic patients should consult their physicians about consuming honey.
Preserving honey
5. Preserving honey🍯

Honey normally lasts for a long time. It does not get spoiled. This is due to its low moisture content.

Store honey in a cool, dry place. Tightly sealed the container. It is not necessary to refrigerate honey.

The only time honey will go bad is when water or other impurities get inside the honey jar. That is the time it is susceptible to being spoiled.

So, there you have it.

Have you been having the same myths about honey?

What is your perspective on these things now?

Hit the reply button and share it with me.

Have a great weekend.

Storyteller, @Zizira
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