We’ve learned that sugar has a bad effect on our health especially when the amounts consumed add-up. But, isn’t that honey is a form of sugar? Certainly honey is a form of sugar, but honey has certain components that make it anti-bacterial and kills bad bacteria. This is why honey is such a healthy alternative to sugar. Honeybees make honey in such a way that it contains potent components in fighting and killing off bacteria, boost the body’s immune system, helps relieve colds and aid in both weight loss and digestion.
So, what components in the honey that make it a potent anti-bacterial? Fortunately, we don’t have to look any further as the guys at Scishow have done the research for us and show us what’s in the honey?
That’s good news, isn’t it? Indeed it is good news. Unfortunately, not all honey in the market performed equally. One study1 looked at the medicinal property and antibacterial activity of honey particularly Manuka (Leptospermum) and Tualang (Koompassia Excelsa) found that commercially and standardized honeys are inferior compared to locally produced honey. In a different study2 researchers finding supported it.
Mountain, manuka, capillano and eco-honeys have exhibited inhibitory activity against H. pylori isolates at concentration 10% demonstrating that locally produced honeys possess excellent antibacterial activity comparable to the commercial honeys.
In another study3, there are clinical studies that have shown that honey cleared infection on severe wounds and improve healing of tissues.
So, next time when you go for a shopping, make sure to check whether the honey you’re about to get is processed or unprocessed. You better off getting the raw and unprocessed honey, or preferably if available, get the wild honey. Today, it may be difficult to get such a high-quality honey in mainstream supermarkets. Therefore, if you know someone who supplies raw and unprocessed honey in your area, contact them and get the honey from them directly.
Online stores like Amazon also caters a wide array of suppliers for raw and unprocessed honey. So, if you can’t find it in your local supermarkets, better order one online. And, as far as telling the real thing vs fake ones, raw and unprocessed honey smells a bit like vinegar but not as strong as the real vinegar. On the other hand, wild honey provided it is not filtered and processed have the same vinegary smell and lots of bubbles.
Some people slightly processed wild honey by heating it a low heat. Hence, removing the pressure. But, if it’s wild coming from the beehive, it has pressure. It is not as pressurized as sodas, but if you shake it, you’ll see bubbles as air escapes and if you cover it tightly, it can blow off the cover.