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Q: What are the health benefits of honey?
A: ALL honey has been believed to have many health properties and honey has been used throughout time. Most honeys have very similar healing properties. From a good source of antioxidants, to antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, honey can help with digestive issues, sore throats, coughs and much more.
Read: Top Raw Honey Benefits
Q: Does honey ferment?
A: Yes honey can ferment. But for anything to ferment you need a combination of 3 things, yeasts, moisture and heat. So in most honey cases, mother nature will provide the yeasts (these are unavoidable and not harmful just a natural thing), the other factors are higher moisture in the honey and heat or warm conditions that the honey is sitting in. As honey is nectar with the moisture taken out and (under 20% moisture) if the honey is higher in moisture, it can contribute to the fermenting process. So if the honey is low in moisture then this element of moisture that contributes to it fermenting can stop it fermenting. Therefore the same can be said for the heat aspect, if the honey is sitting in a very warm/hot environment.
Q: My honey has granulated/crystalised. Has it gone off?
A: No, honey doesn’t go off. This is a very natural process. Depending on the flowers that the bees are working, this process can be faster or slower. Some honey even starts to granulate in the frames in the boxes before it is even taken off the hive. Therefore once some of the honey starts the rest of that container will follow. To eliminate this you can heat treat it (pasturise) and it will not granulate, but this also means that the honey is not raw or natural any more. To get your honey back to runny again, warm it up, do not heat it. ie a bowl/pot of warm water and the crystals will slowly melt back to liquid again.
Q: Is Manuka honey better for you then clover or multi floral honeys?
A: Like Manuka, MOST honeys have the same or similar health properties in an every day type of use. From the throat down there is not alot of conclusive evidence that manuka is any better than other honeys if digested. On a strep throat it is better, but for other sore throats all honeys have a similar effect. For the healing of wounds all honeys are good especially for smaller wounds however the higher the level of UMF the better healing properties on the large wounds ie post surgery. The lower grade manuka has similar healing properties to other honeys. Manuka certainly has a lot of health properties to it, however, on an everyday instance they are pretty equal.
Q: Why can’t I give my child under 1 year of age honey?
A: Honey can contain spores of a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum, which can germinate in a baby’s immature digestive system and cause infant botulism, a rare but serious illness. These spores are usually harmless to adults and children over 1 year old, because the microorganisms normally found in the intestine keep the bacteria from growing.
Check out: Kids Health – Infant Botulism
Q: Is honey Gluten free?
A: Yes honey is gluten free, no wheat or wheat products have been used or come into contact with our honey.
Q: What are the cooking ratios if I want to do baking with honey, are they the same to convert ie table spoon of sugar to a table spoon of honey?
A: No. Due to honey being a liquid there is a different ratio of honey. Honey also cooks fast so a reduction in oven temperature might be needed too. See chart below.