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Organic products are fantastic and are a part of making conscious decisions about the products you purchase and support. When it comes to honey though, an organic certification has many limitations. Bees can fly and collect honey far outside the radius of an organically certified bee farm. This makes an organic certification of honey not as important as say the fruits and vegetables you consume. Additionally, the organic certification process for small beekeepers is lengthy and expensive. Large scale commercial beekeepers can afford it however their beekeeping practices can often come into question.
We strive to provide you with the purest honey we possibly can while respecting the bees and their natural foraging process.
We do not add any flavoring to our products. Our raw honey is pure and each variety's flavor is dependent on which wild flower and plant varieties the honeybees forage from.
Honey differs from bee stings (which contain bee venom) and the two are not connected. Consult with a health professional though if you have concerns about your safety and wellbeing.
While both honey and sugar are made up of a combination of glucose and fructose, their digestion and assimilation processes are very different.
Table sugar passes through the stomach without any digestion because of its composition. The enzymes in your stomach cannot break down the glucose-fructose structure of table sugar until it reaches the small intestine. The liver then has to utilize few enzymes to convert the molecules into glucose that is able to enter the bloodstream for further use.
Honey is different because of our bee friends. They add enzymes to it that divide the sucrose into two simple sugars, fructose and glucose. These sugars are directly absorbed by our bodies and are easier to digest.
Honey also has a lower Glycemic Index (GI) than sugar. Honey contains trace amounts of many B-Vitamins like riboflavin, niacin, folic acid, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. It also contains antioxidants called flavonoids, which have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body.
For more information, check out our our 'Health Benefits of Raw Honey' page. Please consult a health professional for further guidance and specific concerns.
This is a concern that comes up often. Honeybees produce honey to survive the winter months. What most people don’t realize is that honeybees produce far more honey than they actually consume. Beekeepers and bees have a symbiotic relationship. Beekeepers take care of their bees, provide them with a home, and ensure that they have enough honey to last the winter. If they don’t, the bees will be unable to survive the winter months and the beekeeper will no longer have any honey.
Killing their bees is not the beekeeper’s goal. Beekeepers do everything in their power to make sure their bees are healthy and well taken care of. This ensures the bees make quality honey.
Bees are free to forage wild flowers and plants miles away from the hive. They could easily fly away and make a home elsewhere yet they continue to return to the beekeeper’s boxes, where they are safe, dry, and taken care of.
The health of the bees is especially paramount for companies like Bee Flower and Sun Honey, that provide pure raw honey that’s unadulterated and with zero additives. Additionally, as creating honey is a part of the natural process of bees, you could say that raw honey is the most environmentally friendly sweetener available as nothing needs to be chopped down and there is no processing required.