Raw has become a bit of a buzzword in the food industry lately. When you think of raw foods, you may think of raw veggies, sushi, or even complex diets that have come into the mainstream. Essentially, raw means “uncooked” and refers to the way food is handled and eaten. As people recognize that cooking can make food less nutritious by damaging the beneficial vitamins and minerals, they turn to raw foods for healthier diets.
In particular, raw honey is often cited for its nutritional benefits – but not all raw honey is created equal.
Did you know? “Raw” is currently an unregulated term with zero legal requirements for its use. That means that almost anyone can put the word raw on a bottle of honey, whether the honey is truly raw or not. In addition, honey is one of the most adulterated foods in the grocery store. Both water and sugar are often added to honey during processing to filter and dilute the honey, making it both more cost-effective and nutritionally void. This honey is then pasteurized to prevent crystallization, destroying the vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and other elements in the process. Pasteurized, ultra-processed, ultra-filtered honey may look clear and visually appealing but is often little more than honey-flavored sugar water.
For honey to be truly raw, it needs to be:
What does raw really mean for Heavenly Organics?
Here are 4 ways we ensure truly raw honey:
1. We don’t overheat our honey. At Heavenly Organics, we heat our honey minimally to ease pouring into bottles and jars (to 90 degrees Fahrenheit). We never heat it enough to pasteurize it, so all of the beneficial ingredients and nutrients are preserved. Often, other raw honey producers overheat their honey, up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, which destroys the nourishing enzymes in honey. We heat our honey as little as possible because we care about our product and want it to be as close to fresh from the hive as possible.
2. We don’t process our honey. We don’t add water for ease in filtering and we don’t add sugar or high-fructose corn syrup to cut costs. When you buy Heavenly Organics honey, you are getting a truly unadulterated product.
3. We don’t filter our honey. Our honey is strained only to remove larger pieces of hive and beeswax, but the rest of the honey – including the propolis, bee pollen, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, and vitamins – is left intact, for a nutritionally superior raw honey product.
4. We harvest honey that is wild and free. Our honey comes from deep within the pristine forests of India, where wild bees produce a honey that is untouched by pesticides, antibiotics, genetically modified crops, and pollutants. The result is our line of 100% organic raw honey, unequaled in quality and flavor.
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