The benefits of raw honey are undeniable.
It has been tested and proven time and time again to be an anti-inflammatory and natural healer. Honey can improve your memory, boost your energy, and help soothe acid reflux. Even the Bible says “Eat honey, my son, for it is good..”.
Used in moderation, the antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties of honey can give your immune system a serious boost. Raw honey can even help cure a hangover!
Honey in its raw natural state is a super food. However, not all jars of honey come the same. A lot of the jars of honey found in grocery stores today are not raw honey but are actually commercialized processed honey. Most of the honey you see today has been pasteurized and processed by the time it gets on the shelves. The manufacturers do this for many reasons; however, none of these reasons are benefiting you – the customer.
Why Honey Manufacturer’s Process Your Honey
Reports show that 75% of all honey in stores is of the “Ultra Filtered” variety. Ultrafiltration is a high processing technique that removes all imperfections such as wax and pollen. Why is this an issue? Well, the only way to tell if honey is in fact honey is by inspecting the pollen granules embedded within the honey.
Without these highly nutritious granules, there is NO WAY to verify if what is on the shelves is real honey or synthetic cheap ingredients flavored with highly processed sweeteners. Because of this, the US Food and Drug Administration stated that any product that has been Ultra-Filtered and no longer contains pollen is not honey.
This means that three-fourths of the honey sold in American supermarkets is not real honey.
So why do honey manufacturers process your honey:
- Processing honey can make it easier for companies to filter it for packaging and bottling.
- Processing, such as pasteurization, can also make honey look cleaner and smoother, thus more appealing on the shelf.
- Filtering out pollen allows companies is to hide where it initially came from, evading regulations
As you can see, none of these reasons are for you to have a better quality product, but rather for these companies to mass-produce more honey quicker and amass more profits. For them, honey = money, at the expense of your health.
Most of the time, these processing methods even affect the taste and smell of honey. When honey is heated (pasteurized), it’s delicate aromas, yeast and enzymes that are responsible for activating vitamins and minerals in your body are partially destroyed.
So Where Can I Buy RAW Honey That Is Unprocessed?
I buy most of my raw honey locally from farmers. Honey from local farmers is extremely safe. Usually, the best place to buy raw honey would be a local farm or beekeeper where you can find honey in its purest and most natural form.
However, not everyone has access to a local farm, especially if you are living in a big city.
In this case, I highly recommend buying raw honey online (affiliate link). You can easily find just as good as what a local farm sells you and often for even a cheaper price (especially if you buy in bulk). Not only this, but you are not limited because you have a large variety of trustworthy brands to choose from.
The only downside is waiting a couple days for shipping, but it is still worth it.
Here are some of the best raw honey brands that are organic and unprocessed that you can buy off of Amazon:
This brand is currently the #1 best selling honey brand on Amazon. You get exactly what you buy; simple raw unfiltered honey.
(more expensive but best quality)
Manuka honey is known to be a bioactive healing honey compared to others, so you are getting more benefits from this type of honey.
Y.S. Eco Bee Farms Raw Honey (So natural it’s like honeycombs in a jar)
This one is a great alternative and probably just as great as the other brands mentioned above.
We deserve to enjoy food in its purest, most natural state. Take responsibility and don’t let corporations take advantage of your health and well-being!