Is Raw Honey Worth It?

Updated: Oct 29, 2019

So many people question the cost of raw honey over a more "value" priced product in the store. Most honestly don't taste the difference when there is no comparison item, so why invest more?

Let's take a fact based look at the two, then you decide which is a better bargain? First we must define the two products.


How Raw Honey is Produced:

  • It is honey as it exists in the hive.

  • It is extracted from the honeycombs and then poured over cheesecloth to separate the honey from beeswax and bee wings, etc.

  • The strained, raw honey is bottled and ready to be enjoyed- Just like God intended! Shop all our honey products at today!

Raw honey in the hive at Weeks Honey Farm

How Processed (Regular) Honey is Produced: Pick up where we left above, except you add :

  • Pasteurization with high heat- which kills the beneficial yeast and makes the liquid honey more clear and smooth.

  • Additional filtration and even ultra-filtration that removes the beneficial pollen, enzymes and antioxidants while it improves the clarity of the honey.


Raw honey contains :

  • Approximately 22 amino acids, 31 different minerals and a wide range of vitamins and enzymes.

  • It contains nearly 30 types of bioactive plant compounds. These are called polyphenols, and they act as antioxidants

  • Antioxidants with impressive health benefits, including reduced inflammation and a lower risk of heart disease and certain cancers

  • Conversely, commercial honeys may contain fewer antioxidants due to processing methods.

Processed Honey May Contain: Because of low honey production worldwide, and approximately 400 million pounds of honey is consumed in the US yearly alone, it’s hard to meet this high demand from local suppliers alone. This is why approximately 70% of the honey consumed in the US is imported from lesser monitored or regulated markets.

  • There is serious concern worldwide about regular honey being contaminated with sugar or other sweeteners.

Raw Honey vs Organic Honey:

Raw and organic honey are subject to different regulations in different countries. In the US, there is no rule that organic honey can’t be heated or processed, which means it may not be raw.

Read more about this independent honey news article here.

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