South Africa raw honey is from local beehives as produced by nature and is not mixed with imported honey. Pasteurised honey is mostly imported or a mix of local and imported honey or may even be a mixture of honey from various countries.
Raw honey comes straight from local beehives and it is unheated, unpasteurised, unprocessed, not filtered and is non-irradiated. Pasteurised honey is processed at high heating temperatures and, to meet local legislation on honey imported from other countries, such imported honey must be irradiated through the deliberate exposure of the honey to ionising radiation.
Pasteurisation processes may also be followed for easy filtering and bottling so that the honey looks cleaner and smoother, more appealing on the shelf, and easier to handle and package but pasteurisation may kill any yeast cell in the honey, prevents fermentation and decreases honey’s nutritional value.
Pasteurisation and extreme processing may destroy almost 100% of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, antioxidants and antibiotic properties typically found in abundance in true beehive honey. Also, some of the honey is filtered so much that even pollen is not present in them anymore or it contains little to no pollen.
Bee pollen is considered to be one of nature’s best and most nourishing foods. It’s packed with protein that is combined with amino acids that can easily be used by your body. Bee pollen is believed to be traditionally used to improve unbalanced nutrition, vitality, longevity and energy. It is also said to be used for weight control, health, beauty, allergies, anti-aging and more.
While pasteurised honey may contain antibiotics, pasteurised honey’s main ingredient may be High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) or due to the fact that the honey may be adulterated with, for example, added glucose, dextrose, molasses, sugar syrup, invert sugar, flour or other similar items, other than floral nectar.
Pasteurised honey HFCS has been linked to obesity, diabetes, hypertension and liver damage. Raw honey has antiviral and anti-fungal properties, is pure with nothing added, contains powerful antioxidants and helps a ward of allergies.
Not all honey on the shelf are therefore created equal and the same. Labelled “pasteurised” or “irradiated”, as required by law when honey is imported, definitely shows that the honey is not real raw honey.
Pure raw honey may be found to be more expensive but only pure raw nectar honey gives all the benefits of bee honey as intended by nature.