Many of us have grown up with the idea that all honey is roughly the same. After all, most types of honey that you get in the supermarket tends to taste the same. This is not surprising, as these honeys tend to be heavily processed and frequently involve mixed varieties.
When it comes to honey, there is in fact, a lot of variation, and this can make choosing the best type of honey fairly difficult. Research indicates some key differences in health benefits across the different types of honey.
Honey can be broken down into two groups. The first of these is multifloral or polyfloral. This means that the honey is created from the nectar of many different types of flowers. The taste of multifloral honey tends to depend somewhat on the exact varieties involved and their proportions, but more often than not multifloral honey tends to taste similar across brands. Multifloral honey is also less expensive to make and this is why the majority of honey that you see in supermarket shelves are multifloral. In most cases, the honey packaging doesn’t even identify the specific varieties that went into the honey.
The other type of honey is monofloral, where the honey comes from a single variety of flower. This type of honey obtains a distinctive taste and characteristic from the flowers that the honey is sourced from. Because of this, monofloral honey tends to be very different from one another in both appearance and flavour. Making this type of honey also requires more control, which ensures that the quality will be better. In order to obtain monofloral honey, beekeepers require to keep hives in an area that has only the targeted flower species. This requires a lot of planning depending on the blossoming period of the flowers.
Additionally, monofloral honey also has the lowest glycemic index (GI). Hence, it’s not surprising that monofloral honey seeks premium price in the market due to its distinct colour, taste, aroma and characteristics.
Some other things you need to note if you want to get the best health benefits from your honey. Make sure it is pure and raw. Research suggests that raw honey offers significant health benefits. Raw honey contains vitamins, minerals, and enzymes not present in refined honey. Of course, if it is organic as well, it means you can be sure you are not ingesting any pesticides.
QNet’s Nutriplus Busy Bee Monofloral Honey is available in three distinct flavours – Jamun, Indian Laurel and Eucalyptus.
Busy Bee Honey: The Superfood
Busy Bee Honey is unprocessed, 100% natural, pure, raw, and unpasteurized. It contains a whopping 22 amino acids, 27 minerals including calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and even selenium. It is also full of vitamins like vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and niacin.
Let’s examine some of the distinct health benefits of each of the flavours available from Busy Bee.
The Indian Laurel Honey is derived from blossoms of Indian Laurel flowers, a member of the Fig Family, and produces a fig-like fruit. It is an excellent source of antioxidants that fight the free radicals in the body. It also serves as an energy booster. You can add this delicious honey to tea, spread it on buttered toast, and drizzle over fresh cheeses, or yoghurt and fresh fruit.
Eucalyptus Honey has a very distinct taste and aroma, but what makes it so special is its host of health benefits. Its health properties include anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, antiseptic, and antibacterial. You can use it as an expectorant for mild coughs and colds. Besides being a good natural remedy for respiratory problems, Eucalyptus honey is a good antiseptic owing to its germicidal properties. Due to this, in many traditional remedies, Eucalyptus honey is used for healing wounds, ulcers, burns, cuts, abrasions and sores. It is also effective on insect bites and stings. QNet’s Busy Bee Eucalyptus honey is derived from the extracted from the honey bee colonies kept in eucalyptus groves of pesticide-free Nilgiri hills of Tamil Nadu
The Jamun Honey gets its distinct colour, flavour, and aroma from the blossoms of the Jamun trees. QNet’s Busy Bee Jamun honey is collected from apiaries in the Bihar region and is harvested in August when the Jamun flowers blossom. Jamun honey is extensively used in Ayurveda for its medicinal value. It is considered a rich source of antioxidants and acts as an energy booster. It can also help soothe injuries, reduce healing time and prevent infection. Some experimental evidence also indicates that consumption of pure Jamun honey may improve blood sugar control and insulin sensitivity. The Busy Bee Jamun Honey is sourced from the vast spread of Jamun trees in the Western Ghats.