Honey General Knowledge

  • What is real/pure honey?
  • Real/pure honey is unadulterated honey; not mixed or diluted with any different or extra elements. It is sourced from flower nectars carried and produced with honey bees help, such that the natural nutrients are intact.

  • What are the nutrients of honey?
  • Honey contain nutrients such as: 
    Carbohydrates from glucose and fiber, fat, protein and water
    Vitamins: Vitamin B2, B3, B5, B6, B9 and Vitamin C
    Minerals: Calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphate, potassium, natrium, zinc.

  • How to determine the purity of honey?
  • Please read the “Facts about Honey” section.

  • Does the color of honey determine the purity of honey?
  • No, since the color is affected by flower source or the nectars.

  • Does the viscosity of honey determine the purity of honey?
  • No, the viscosity is affected by the water level of the nectar.

  • Does real/pure honey contain sugar/glucose?
  • Yes, real/pure honey contains natural sugar/glucose sourced from the nectar.

  • Do ants get attracted to real/pure honey?
  • Whether ants would be attracted depends on various factors including sugar level, storage, ant species, honey varietal.

  • What is the best way to consume honey?
  • The best way to consume honey is eat it straight. However, honey can also be consumed by mixing it with drinks or food.

  • Can honey be used as food ingredients?
  • Yes, it can. 

    Honey is a natural ingredient that has a sweet flavor similar to sugar, hence is able to be used as food/cooking ingredients.

  • Can honey be used as sugar replacement?
  • Yes, it can. 

    Honey’s sweetness is from the monosaccharide fructose and glucose, the sweet flavor is similar to sugar.

  • Is honey safe for consumption by all ages (adults and kids)?
  • Yes, it is safe for consumption because it is made from natural nectar and contains nutritions which are beneficial for human body health.

  • What is the safe age to start consuming honey?
  • One year old and above.

  • Is honey safe for consumption by pregnant females?
  • Yes, it is safe for consumption because it is made from natural nectar and contains nutritions which are beneficial for human body health.

  • Can diabetic patients consume honey?
  • It is possible, however it is best consumed with doctor’s guidance. 

    Honey has a lower glycemic index compared to cane sugar due to its natural glucose and fructose content. Honey also contains complex carbohydrates which are complex to break down, and thus it is possible for body glucose level not to suddenly spike, as what sugar usually causes. Thus it is possible for diabteic patients to consume honey as long as it goes along with doctor’s consultation.

  • What is the proper frequency for honey consumption?
  • Honey is good for consumption as much as 2 tablespoons every day.

  • Can we heat up honey?
  • Yes. It is suggested not to exceed 50*C when heating up honey, to maintain the benefits and contents of honey.

  • Can we store honey in the refrigerator?
  • Yes, we can.

  • Will honey be frozen when stored in the refrigerator?
  • In the long term, honey can be frozen, but it depends on the high-low water level it contains..

  • How to soften crystallized honey?
  • Simply place the honey jar in warm water (between 35*C to 40*C) and stir until the crystals dissolve.

  • How to store honey properly?
  • Honey is best kept in an airtight jar, and stored at room temperature.

  • Can honey go bad/expire?
  • No, however its color, aroma and texture may change when not stored properly

  • Can honey improve body immunity?
  • Yes, it can. 

    Honey has antioxidant and antibacterial properties to help improve the digestive system and boost immunity. Vitamins and minerals in honey also help to improve the immune system. The antioxidants in honey are very effective for the removal of free radicals from the body. 

    Quoted from klikdokter.com, researches done by Sport Nutrition Laboratory of University of Memphis found that honey is as good as, or even better than, sugar (glucose) water in supporting athletes’ endurances.

  • Can honey boost energy/body stamina?
  • Yes, it can. 

    Honey contains natural sugar contents, which are glucose and fructose. Glucose from honey is quick to absorb and provides an extra boost of energy. Meanwhile, fructose is absorbed slower and provides a longer sustaining energy.

  • Can honey help brain performance and function?
  • Yes, it can. 

    Fructose content in honey is able to supply backup energy for the liver and works for the brain. In Journal of the Argentine Chemical Society Vol. 96 No. 2 year 2008, a study in Argentina concluded that honey helps to build and develop the central neural system in kids and reduce anxiety, improves memory during the learning process and intellectual performance in the future.

  • Can honey cure sore throat?
  • Yes, it can. 

    Honey has antibacterial and antiviral properties for the body Quoted from Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, it is cited that honey intake is effective to reduce mucus production and reduce cough symptoms and sore throat.

  • Can honey cure skin wounds?
  • Yes, it can.

    The antibacterial, antioxidants and pH level of honey can be effective in prohibiting bacterial growth, thus it accelerates wounds healing without infection risk.

  • Can honey boost stamina before sport performance?
  • Yes, it can. 

    According to Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, consuming food with low glycemic index carbohydrates such as honey before sport performance can help to improve stamina and endurance performance, it also helps to maintain sugar level and regulate fuel availability during sports performance.

  • Can honey help to lose weight?
  • Yes, it can. 

    According to the National Honey Board, honey is fat-free, cholesterol-free, and sodium-free, thus it is fitting as weight loss companion food. Honey also balances the sugar level and important hormonal content from honey helps to control your appetite and aids weight loss.

  • Can honey be used in beauty treatment?
  • Yes, it can. 

    Honey is a natural antibacterial matter for acne treatment, it is also rich in antioxidants to help the anti-ageing process. Honey helps to moisten and calm down skin, and thus helping to tighten facial pores.

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