Do you take honey in your tea and coffee? You might want to read this.
Here at Raw Golden Honey, we often get asked if putting honey in your tea or coffee kills the enzymes found naturally in that sweet, sunshine liquid. Well, one of our busy bees went in search of the answer.
When I think of honey, I imagine curling up under the covers with a warm cup of tea, made sweeter by delicious raw honey, and a good book. But many of our clients have asked us recently if ‘heating’ honey in a cup of tea, for example, will cause it to lose some of its enzymes. The simple answer is: no. But as with most things in life, it’s not that simple.
Let me break it down for you.
In a beehive, the worker bees work hard to keep the hive at an optimum temperature – in order to keep the queen happy, but also to keep the honey in a healthy state. Raw honey will naturally crystallise when exposed to low temperatures, and this is something the bees don’t want. Can you imagine the logistical nightmare if the honey in the hive were to crystallise, leaving wings literally stuck in the strangest of places?
So the bees keep the hive at this perfect temperature (about 35 degrees Celcius), and in turn this keeps the honey flowing, and in a state that the bees (and us as mere mortals) can use. Now, heating honey above this temperature for an extended period of time, let’s say 24 hours, will cause significant damage to the nutritional value of the honey. But no cup of tea or coffee would stay hot for 24 hours, would it? (Although, that would be amazing.)
Raw, unfiltered and untreated honey (which Raw Golden Honey specialises in) contains a number of different enzymes, the most important being distaste, invertase and glucose oxidase. These occur as a result of the bees and due to the pollen they bring home to the hive.
Now, based on extensive studies into the negative effects of heating honey, it’s safe to say that unless you are boiling honey for hours and hours on end, the enzymes in your honey should be safe. And that’s exactly what you want, because the enzymes found naturally in honey can help with a number of things, such as aiding digestion, and breaking down complex compounds to help the body absorb the nutrients better.
So, go on, have that cup of tea, with extra honey. Your sweetness will be safe!
*Disclaimer: Please note that the information supplied in this post is based on independent research. If you don’t agree with something or can add to this post, please let us know. We are all always learning.
Article Researched and Written by our awesome Busy Bee, Lynn Berggren-Goodwin