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What happens when you heat honey?

What happens when you heat honey?

What happens when you heat honey?

honey in jar


Should honey be heated?

Honey should not be heated, because the more you heat it, the more potential the honey has for reducing nutritional value.

What honey loses at  each level of heat:

  • Heating up to 37°C (98.6 F) causes loss of nearly 200 components, part of which are antibacterial.
  • Heating up to 40°C (104 F) destroys invertase, an important enzyme that catalyzes the breakdown of sucrose (table sugar) into fructose and glucose, (more simple forms of sugar) which the body absorbs more easily.
  • Heating up to 50°C (122 F) for more than 48 hours turns the honey into caramel (the most valuable honey sugars become analogous to sugar). 

How does heat affect honey color?

The color of honey changes very slowly when it is cold to room temperature but as honey is heated the rate at which it darkens (and it will darken), will triple with every increase of 10˚F or 5˚C


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Where do you get the info that heating causes the loss of over 200 components?


Awsome Information. It’s very helpful for us, Thank you So much for this info.
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