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Is heated honey still honey?


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May 12, 2012 8:33AM

Yes, honey is honey. There are a few different types of honey though:

Raw honey is unprocessed and is thought to contain helpful and nutritious elements that are not contained in Pasteurized honey. (Pasteurized honey is heated to a certain point then sealed and cooled to make it safe to store) Many people believe pasteurization is often unnecessary to store honey, as it already contains anti-microbial properties which protect it from spoilage and benefit the immune system.

It's worth noting that if honey is cooked at high enough temperatures, the sugar will begin to caramelize. (turning dark brown and eventually burning) So it may not really be honey anymore at that point as much as caramel.