Carrots – raw or cooked? Cucumber – raw or cooked? Lettuce – raw or
cooked? Which do you prefer? Pasta? Raw might be your answer. Of
course, pasta cannot be eaten raw . Well most would agree that
anything in it’s raw form has more vitality to it. Raw honey is one of
them. In this, no heating or any other external processing is involved
whatsoever. It is the concentrated nectar of flowers that comes
straight from the extractor; it is the only unheated, pure,
unpasteurized, unprocessed honey.
Raw honey benefits: An alkaline-forming food, this type of honey contains
ingredients similar to those found in fruits, which become alkaline in
the digestive system. It doesn’t ferment in the stomach and it can be
used to counteract acid indigestion. When mixed with ginger and lemon
juices, it also relieves nausea and supplies energy. Raw honey is the
healthiest choice amongst the various forms of honey as it has the
most nutritional value and contains amylase, an enzyme concentrated in
flower pollen which helps predigest starchy foods like breads.
How it is different from conventional honey: Most of the honey found
in the supermarket is not raw honey but ?”commercial” regular honey,
which has been pasteurized (heated at 70 degrees Celsius or more,
followed by rapid cooling) and filtered so that it looks cleaner and
smoother, more appealing on the shelf, and easier to handle and
package. Pasteurization kills any yeast cell in the honey and prevents
fermentation. It also slows down the speed of crystallization in
liquid honey. On the downside, when honey is heated, its delicate
aromas, yeast and enzymes which are responsible for activating
vitamins and minerals in the body system are partially destroyed.
Hence, raw honey is assumed to be more nutritious than honey that has
undergone heat treatment.
Where to get raw honey in Chennai: Dhanyam brings to you raw honey
from Malaiyur, a remote hillock near Dindukkal in Tamill Nadu. For more information,
pl call 044-28157654.