While honey is present in just about every food culture found around the globe, there are also many myths surrounding this natural ingredient. Some of these old wives’ tales are true – and some can be busted. How much do you know about honey? Time to find out!
Myth #1 – Dark honey is healthier that light honey.
Natural honey can vary in color, from clear yellow to dark amber or brown. A big part of this has to do with the particular flowers, trees and grasses that bees collect pollen from, as well as the environmental conditions and seasonal changes.
Some people associate the color of raw honey with health benefits, and there is a myth that darker honey is healthier than lighter honey. This myth is false, because all types of natural honey can be considered healthy.
With that said, the difference in color can tell you what types of nutrients are more prominent in a particular batch. Clear, light-colored honey tends to be a good source of energy and overall nutrition that is rich in vitamin A. Dark honey, on the other hand, tends to have a strong concentration of minerals like iron, phosphorus and magnesium. All honey – regardless of color – packs healthy antibacterial and antioxidant qualities that can boost your wellbeing.
Myth #2 – Honey never goes bad.
Believe it or not, this is true! In fact, archaeologists have found pots of honey in ancient Egyptian tomb excavations, and even after 3,000 years, the honey remains edible. Now, the flavor and fragrance of natural honey can change over time, but scientists agree that it doesn’t spoil – so long as it’s kept clean and properly sealed.
Honey that’s been sitting awhile or placed in a cold area may turn hard, but this is part of the natural crystallization process. Crystallized honey can often be turned right back into liquid honey with a little bit of gentle heat. Talk about a pantry staple!
Myth #3 – If you’re allergic to bees, you’re allergic to honey.
Though some studies show a very subtle link between the two allergies, most people who are allergic to bee stings can eat honey without any signs of an allergic reaction. In fact, honey allergies are so incredibly rare, it’s estimated that they only affect <0.001% of the general population.
For most folks, an allergy to bee stings does not make you more likely to have a honey allergy. With that said, food allergies can be scary and unpredictable. It’s best to talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns whatsoever about any allergies that you may have.
Looking for one more myth about honey? Here’s one that we know to be fact, not fiction: natural honey is a delicious treat that’s both tasty and healthy!