Honey is ‘food’ (Nectar) collected by bees for themselves and their young ones. Bees collect nectar from flowers and convert it to honey with the help of enzymes. This honey stored in a Honeycomb cell and sealed with beeswax so that it can be used later on by the bees. Honey from this honeycomb is then collected by humans for its taste and other health benefits.
Traditionally, Honey was collected from bee-hives built by Bees in forest or next to a garden; it was then collected by Bee collectors and sold in loose for human consumption with minimal filtration, this had some impurities like micro-wax, from comb foreign particles etc. That is why Honey collected from the comb may look very different than Honey in the bottle available in your kitchen.
With demand for honey soaring, bee-keepers rear bees in bee-boxes, they provide bees a place to stay, breed and collect honey. Honey collected is sent for processing for human consumption. Honey collected from various regions is mixed, blended, processed and packed as final Zandu Pure Honey.
Physically - Honey may vary in its colour and appearance due to nature of flowers from which nectar is taken and also due to amount of filtration & processing conducted on raw honey. Natural honey colour may vary from brown to dark brown to Amber. Its consistency and thickness also varies.
Chemically - Honey is a super saturated solution mostly made up of ‘simple carbohydrates’ like Fructose & Glucose with a very limited quantity of Sucrose, Maltose etc. Nectar collected by bees is mostly Sucrose which due to enzymatic activity in bee’s stomach gets broken down into Fructose & Glucose. Being a super saturated solution Honey has a natural tendency to crystallize.
Honey contains no cholesterol
Yes, it is a fact – Honey does not contain any Cholesterol at all.