Of the hundreds of sugar substitutes available in the market today, honey is known to be one of the healthiest and most nutritious alternatives. Honey is natural, healthy, delicious and packed with vitamins and minerals our bodies need and thrive on. Weather you consume it or apply it on your body, it’s healing ability is incredible, making it one of the most valued gifts of nature to mankind.
Chemical Composition of Honey
Honey is composed primarily of sugar, along with enzymes, amino acids, organic acids, vitamins, minerals, carotenoids and many more. It is rich in flavonoids and phenolic acid making it a rich natural source of antioxidants. Its composition, colour, aroma and flavor depend upon the flowers, climate, geographical location and honeybee species involved. Honey changes in texture, nutritive value and flavor when exposed to heat and improper packaging.
Honey in Food Production
Honey is not a preferred choice for large scale food manufacturers for many reasons. Firstly, it has its own smoky taste which is distinct and can therefore affect the taste of the final product (biscuits, cakes, cookies, etc.) Secondly pure honey is expensive to source and use in the production of cheap packaged meals. Lastly, due to its natural origin it is difficult for a supplier to ensure identical quality each time around.
Honey in your Grocery Store
Due to its sudden rise in popularity, an entire black market has come about that deals specifically in cheap adulterated honey. Many manufacturers dilute pure honey with rice syrup, malt, and other ingredients to reduce production costs. Although there are now government bodies in place to check for such kind of adulteration, more often than not manufacturers succeed in fooling the consumer with bad honey. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that you read the label properly and preferably patronize reputed organic brands that mention their sources.