Stupid Honey Myths We Believe

Hon­ey is a very healthy and tasty prod­uct that will cer­tain­ly help make every meal health­i­er than tra­di­tion­al sug­ar.

honey can be heated


How­ev­er, there are a few wacky myths about hon­ey that peo­ple believe and active­ly spread. Is it true that hon­ey should not be heat­ed? And is dark hon­ey real­ly much health­i­er than light hon­ey? Let’s fig­ure it out.

Honey should be eaten as medicine

The first and most stu­pid myth is that hon­ey should be tak­en the way we usu­al­ly take med­i­cines: on an emp­ty stom­ach, a table­spoon before meals.

Do not believe in such non­sense — hon­ey is just food. The fact that it has bac­te­ri­ci­dal prop­er­ties and even that it con­tains many ele­ments and min­er­als does not make it a med­i­cine. In addi­tion, this prod­uct is best absorbed when it is absorbed, rather than swal­low­ing a whole table­spoon.

Honey is a storehouse of vitamins and minerals

Actu­al­ly this is not true. Hon­ey, of course, is healthy to eat, but in fact it con­tains a rel­a­tive­ly small amount of vit­a­mins and min­er­als. 100 g of hon­ey con­tains only 1% of nutri­ents from the dai­ly require­ment. So, to fill the dai­ly vit­a­min require­ment, you will have to eat more than 1 kg of hon­ey. It’s eas­i­er to buy vit­a­mins.

Honey is good for diabetics

No. The glycemic index of hon­ey is from 30 to 70 units, while that of sug­ar is 60 units. So it is advis­able for dia­bet­ics to treat hon­ey very care­ful­ly and not over­do it.

Honey is a dietary product

No. Hon­ey is very high in calo­ries, so, like sug­ar, it should be exclud­ed from the diet.

Diastase number — quality indicator

A few smart words. Dias­tase is an enzyme pro­duced by the pha­ryn­geal glands of bees. This enzyme breaks down sug­ar and shows, basi­cal­ly, how long it takes the bee to process hon­ey. And also — indi­cates whether there was a bee in this process at all.

myths about honey


Do not believe if they say that the more dias­tase in hon­ey, the more ben­e­fi­cial it is for a per­son. This num­ber does not mat­ter, because, sur­prise sur­prise! you already have a sim­i­lar enzyme in your sali­va, because you, like a bee, also love sweets.

Dark honey is the healthiest

Every­one around says that dark hon­ey is health­i­er than light hon­ey, and this is some kind of hon­ey racism, girls. The col­or of hon­ey depends on the nec­tar, and that depends on many fac­tors, from the weath­er to the type of plants from which it was col­lect­ed. Hon­ey is either good or bad. And that is all.

Honey cannot be eaten from metal

Of course, if hon­ey comes into con­tact with cer­tain met­als, it can oxi­dize. But the spoons we eat with are not made of such met­al, so you can safe­ly eat hon­ey with your favorite met­al spoon.

Crystallized honey is harmful

In fact, real hon­ey is rarely liq­uid. In this state, it is only the first two months after pump­ing, but then it thick­ens and crys­tal­lizes. This is a nor­mal process, which does not indi­cate harm­ful­ness at all.

Only aca­cia, hon­ey­dew and chest­nut hon­ey do not crys­tal­lize. They can be liq­uid for two years.

The most useful honey is pumped out once a summer

It is not true. The num­ber of hon­ey har­vests depends on the inten­si­ty of the hon­ey col­lec­tion of bees, so there can be sev­er­al har­vests dur­ing the sum­mer. The most use­ful hon­ey is mature.

Honey should not be refrigerated

Leg­ends can be made about how to prop­er­ly store hon­ey. Some­one shouts that you can’t store hon­ey in the refrig­er­a­tor, some­one fights against hon­ey in plas­tic jars, and some­one even pours hon­ey into clay pots, as in the old days. But in fact, hon­ey needs to be stored in a place that:

  • dark;
  • cool (not high­er than 20 degrees).


the truth about honey


And… the icing on the cake…

Honey should not be heated

Oh, there is already a whole epic. Hon­ey should not be heat­ed, because tox­ins are released from it, and it becomes a poi­son in its purest form. Heard that? We, too. And yes, it’s all false. If there are no tox­ins in nat­ur­al hon­ey ini­tial­ly, it will not release them when heat­ed.

The only thing that dis­ap­pears from heat­ing is the bac­te­ri­ci­dal prop­er­ties. There­fore, hon­ey can be added to hot food and drinks, but if you need exact­ly the afore­men­tioned prop­er­ty, eat with spoons.

What stu­pid myths about hon­ey did you believe?

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