Fact or Myth? Breaking myths and challenging old wives’ tales is a great source of content, and on our content calendar this week!
Honey and its health implications has been a much debated subject, but that’s not the only chatter out there. There are a number ofmyths associated with honey, and we’re here to highlight the ones that most appall us. Let’s burst one bubble at a time, shall we?
Don’t eat Honey in the Summer!
Honey builds body heat, is a common misconception. Honey’s natural blend of Glucose and Fructose makes it a rich source of carbohydrates and an energy source superior to glucose-added water.
This myth is pretty prevalent in the Northern part of our country, where the temperature rises pretty significantly in the summers. The only reason honey isn’t a preferred addition to our daily summer diet, is that it isn’t a refrigerated product and needs to be consumed at room temperature.
Crystallized honey indicates added sugar
Weary of this term when it comes to honey? Well, we’ve got some good news! Honey contains natural sugars that cause Crystallization.
Infact, all honey inherently tends to crystallize having no effect on its goodness, except some on its colour and texture. This is natures way of self-preserving honey. How do we regain its original texture? Just pop your twig of honey, or your honey stick in some warm water for a while and voila! We are good to go! Hence, crystallization isn’t a yardstick to measure the purity of honey.
Any Naturally occurring Flavour ofhoney contains artificial flavoring
It’s a common assumption that any naturally flavoured honey has added artificial flavor to it. But that might not be entirely true! Honey’s flavour is a natural process, owingto the nectar of the flora the bee has collected it from. The sweetness and colour of natural honey cannot be controlled.
Every flower nectar gives a distinctive flavor to the honey. When you buy Multiflora honey, it doesn’t have a predominant flavor as it is a mix of different floral nectar whereas, Natural Litchi honeyor Manuka honey, i.e. Monoflora honey, has a distinct flavor due to the nectar of only the Litchi flower.
New-born babies should be fed a spoon of honey
This is absolutely incorrect! No, infants (till the age of 1 year) should not be consuming honey. As healthy as honey is for adults and growing kids, an infant’s system is extremely sensitive and may not be able to properly digest a spoon of honey.
Honey, like any other food product, contains some natural bacteria that do no harm to our bodies, but can prove toxic for infants. This age-old tradition can cause a baby to suffer from Infant Botulism, owing to their sensitive digestive systems.
P.S. Our packaging states ‘Children under the age of 1 year should not be fed honey’.
So, that was really satisfactory for us!
FACT CHECKS :
1. HONEY PEDIA – http://honeypedia.info/why-does-honey-crystallize
2. BABY CENTER – https://www.babycenter.com/404_when-can-my-baby-
3. INDIA TIMES – https://www.indiatimes.com/health/healthyliving/do-
4. RED BEE – http://www.redbee.com/single-post/2017/01/18/Honey-