Understanding Good Quality Honey – The Pure Honey Parameters

If you are looking forward to include pure honey into your diet, here are some tips to know about purity of honey. Although there is no clear standard on what makes honey good quality honey, experts judge quality of honey by the parameters mentioned below:

Water Content

It is believed that good quality honey has low water content because honey is likely to ferment and lose its freshness if its water content. This can be easily measured using a gadget called refractometer. This is usually greater than 19 per cent. Unpasteurized, raw honey comprises of wild yeasts. Honey is known to be hygroscopic. This means it can easily absorbs moisture from the air. The moisture content in raw honey can be as low as 14%. This is deemed as good. So try turning the jar upside-down and watch the bubbles rise. Honey with more water content will make bubbles rise faster.

Inverted Sugars

High levels of HMF (Hydroxymethylfurfural); greater than 100 mg/kg may be an indicator of adulteration with inverted sugars. Usually cane sugar or sucrose is “inverted” through a process of heating with a food acid. This process creates HMF.

Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF)

HMF is a break-down product of fructose. This is formed slowly during storage and quickly as soon as honey is heated. The amount of HMF present in honey can be used as a guide to storage length as well as the heating amount that has taken place. The occurrence of HMF and accumulation in honey is variable. This depends on the type of honey type. High HMF levels indicate excessive heating during the extraction process.

Impurities

Good quality honey is expected clean and clear visually. Honey consists of high pollen content and appears cloudy. Presence of other contaminations such as particles dust, wax, bees, wood splinters, may make it look unappealing for anyone to buy and consume. Pure honey appears cloudy.

Colour

The colour of honey is categorised into light, amber, and dark categories. The colour of honey is measured on the Pfund Scale in millimeters. Although this is not a clear indicator of quality of honey quality, generally speaking, the darker colour the honey, the higher its mineral contents. Darker honey will have higher quantities of minerals such as potassium, sulfur, chlorine, magnesium, iron, manganese, and sodium.

Comments

Ranu
Ranu

Are there any easy methods to differ fake honey and real one?


Shikha
Shikha

Honey is really a great home remedy. Good quality honey is expected clean and clear visually. Honey consists of high pollen content and appears cloudy. Presence of other contaminations such as particles dust, wax, bees, wood splinters, may make it look unappealing for anyone to buy and consume.


Kanchan
Kanchan

Honey is very beneficial for health but only pure hone. This post is very great to check out the difference between pure and impure honey. Great post!


Deepika
Deepika

Really a great article! I normally use honey to keep my skin healthy rather than using cosmetic. Now this article helps me to find our real honey. Thanks buddy.


Deepti
Deepti

Honey has countless quality. It make your skin smooth and firm if apply on skin. Honey also adds on authentic taste to the food.


Abhi
Abhi

Honey is really very useful. It helps to cure skin, give to babies in winters for coziness, it helps to keep your hair healthy and also work in fitness. It is like one stop shop.


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