What is raw honey? It’s a pure, unfiltered and unpasteurized sweetener made by bees from the nectar of flowers. Most of the honey consumed today is processed honey that’s been heated and filtered since it was gathered from the hive. Unlike processed honey, raw honey does not get robbed of its incredible nutritional value and health powers. It is believed that the processing and pasteurization that regular honey undergoes diminishes many of the beneficial elements. Thus, it is believed that because of this, raw honey provides more health benefits than pasteurized/ processed honey.
Processed honey undergoes a pasteurization process. This means manufacturers have heated it to reduce the moisture content, delays crystallization, and destroys yeast cells, enhances shelf life, and make it look more transparent and attractive. However, pasteurization may adversely affect the number of nutrients in the honey. It is pretty safe to assume that any ultra-filtered honey on store shelves is Chinese honey and it’s even safer to assume that it entered the country un-inspected and in violation of federal law.