Common Myths About Natural Honey

Honey being used by humans for thousands of years. Our ancestors used to consume honey too. It is now becoming a part of our daily diet. It has medicinal values too. Honey is always a better alternative than sugar because it has immunity boosting and health beneficial properties and still works as a sweetener too.

Consumption and awareness of honey has increased after Covid and other emerging health issues. Our society has adopted it in their lifestyle. So, everyone is worried about sourcing the best quality natural and organic honey. But there are some myths about honey too.

  1. Crystallization of honey is adulterated honey or spoiled honey:

Crystallization is a natural property of honey. Raw honey always gets easily crystallized than pasteurized honey. This is because raw honey has higher glucose content along with pollen, bee propolis and other substances. Glucose crystals are fine in nature and tend to stick around other particles present in honey like pollen, propolis etc. which gives it a large crystals shape and appears like sugar.

But crystallized honey is as beneficial as liquid honey. If crystallized, you can just melt it by directly in spoon or putting the crystallized honey jar in warm water.      

  1. Thumb test of honey:

Sometimes people do a thumb test to check the purity of honey and considers thick honey as the only form of pure honey but it is not true. Thickness depends on moisture content in honey.

Moisture content is always higher in raw honey as compared to pasteurized and processed honey. Although excess of moisture can reduce lead to fermentation of honey. That is why in processing, moisture is reduced technically to prevent it from fermentation and degradation. Lesser the moisture in honey the more it is thick.

  1. Heating honey makes it unworthy to eat

This is partly right and partly wrong. As only direct heating or excessive heating can deteriorate the honey. Thus, at Aravali Honey Industries, in processing of honey only a minimum temperature is given to make it hygienic and bacteria free. It also reduces its chances of crystallization.

  1. Honey can never spoil

As we have seen on many places that honey has no expiry but it depends on its storage conditions too. We should always keep our honey away from direct sunlight and make sure to store it in a sealed container. Because honey being hygroscopic in nature can absorb humidity from the environment. And increase its moisture content which leads to fermentation. So always keep the honey in a sealed container.

  1. Beekeepers do sugar feeding to the bees for honey production

As everyone do not know that much about beekeeping, they think like the sugar stored at bee farms is used to feed the honeybees and get honey from them. This is not true.

            Bees being a living animal also need food. Their primary food is honey which they store for them. But sometime there is no nectar from the natural environment. And also, being a seasonal work, when there is no harvest season, that time bees do not get their food and beekeepers give them sugar with a water solution. This sugar becomes their food and ensures their survival. It does not produce any honey. Once the nectar starts from environment, this feeding is also stopped.

  1. Less sweet honey is always better.

This is not true. Only a pure and genuine honey is always the best. Honey is a natural substance and every type of honey comes from a different floral source or nectar. This nectar or flower decides the taste, aroma and hence the name of honey. Some honeys are sweeter while some are fruity in taste. Type of bees used to produce it also decides the taste of honey.

  1. Infused natural honey is artificial honey

Infused natural honey is also natural honey but with enhanced taste and medicinal properties. This is done by adding some extra values with base (makes up 99.8 % of total) as natural honey and a natural additive (makes up 0.2% of total) like Cinnamon sticks in cinnamon honey, Organic Ashwagandha roots in Ashwagandha honey etc.

See our full list of infused honey here

  1. ‘Natural honey’ is also variety of honey

This is a widespread myth. As many people are still not aware about the varieties of honey. They think as if honey only comes named as ‘Natural Honey’ and rest of the honey varieties are flavored like we see on common store shelves. But this is not true. Every natural honey has a source of plant or flower for nectar. And honey is named after that flower or plant’s name.

  1. Processed honey means adulterated honey

No. Processed honey (also known as pasteurized honey) does not mean adulterated honey. Processing of honey is a technical thing in which quality of honey is further improved to make it ready to eat and increase its shelf life. To know how do we process our honey in detail click here.

  1. Raw honey is better than processed (or pasteurized) honey

The answer is yes and no both. As raw honey is what comes straight from the hive. It is cloudier in appearance and contains comb debris also like pollen, wax, propolis and very small debris that is hard to filter manually. Raw honey may also contain any harmful bacteria if not stored and harvested properly. Which can cause problem while consumed. But if stored and harvested properly raw honey can involve some extra nutrients also which could be lost in processing.

            On the other hand, Processed or pasteurized honey involves some heating and micro and ultra-filtration too. So, heating kills any harmful bacteria present and micro and ultra-filtration ensures to get any smallest debris removed. It makes the honey clear and smoothy in appearance than raw honey.

So finally, it depends on the source you are getting your supply from. To know about our process of honey harvest and processing click here.

  1. Only Raw honey is Organic honey

Not all raw honeys are organic and not all processed honeys are inorganic.

Because first, a honey is organic then it could either be processed or raw. Organic honey depends on the nectar field from where it is collected. To know more on how to determine collected honey is organic click here.

Scroll to Top
Open chat
Scan the code
How can we help you?