That is, my preference for honey is unprocessed, unadulterated, and in other words raw.
Raw honey appears opaque, thick, yellow. I feel like I’m getting the real thing. The thinner honey is questionable to me because many companies mix their honey with high fructose corn syrup and do not disclose it on the label.
I’m not sure how that happens, but it’s true. It’s true of other sweeteners as well; take note agave lovers and brown syrup believers, your alternative all-natural sweetener may contain some Karo.
The secrets of honey are muddled in hives of misunderstandings, half truths, and changing laws.
Raw honey should be opaque and thick; it’s supposed to contain more enzymes which heat and processing destroys. However, it comes straight from the hive and will contain honeycomb, royal jelly, and possibly some bee parts. One article suggests any black spots may be a leg or joint – fun stuff!
Manuka Honey, which sells for $20-$40 per 8oz is said to have significant antibiotic effects.
But honey, overall, says most articles, is not any healthier. The fructose in honey has the same effects on your body as any other sweetener.