LifestyleThe sweet science: Why a white coating on your honey is a good sign

The sweet science: Why a white coating on your honey is a good sign

What are the white spots on honey?
What are the white spots on honey?
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10:17 AM EST, November 10, 2023

Have you ever noticed a foam-like, white film on your honey? Concerned that it may spoil your honey or could it be an indicator that the manufacturer has dishonestly "supplemented" the honey with preservatives?

Honey has been cherished for its health benefits for centuries, making it one of the most esteemed products globally. Ancient civilizations revered it as an elixir of life and a divine nectar, receiving global respect across cultures. Interestingly, some people claim that honey is the only food that never spoils. Perhaps this explains why honey dating back 5500 years was found near Tbilisi, Georgia. But, if the white film on honey is not a spoilage sign, what does it signify?

Interpreting the white film on honey

Contrary to common misconceptions, the white film seen on honey isn't an indication of spoilage. Instead, it's a manifestation of the natural process of glucose crystallization occurring in the honey. If you spot foam on your honey, you shouldn't be alarmed. The air bubbles that appear during crystallization from this foam. This phenomenon, referred to as efflorescence by beekeepers, demonstrates the transformation of honey over time.

However, an interesting aspect we discovered is that the white foam on honey could also indicate the presence of yeast. Although this may sound alarming, experts provide reassurance.

Is honey with a white coating harmful?

We learned from the portal that having yeast in honey is actually a great sign. It suggests that the honey is still 'alive', meaning it's biologically active and didn't undergo unnecessary harmful thermal processes. The yeast in the honey consumes the glucose, leaving behind a characteristic foam.

Is the white coating on honey harmful?
Is the white coating on honey harmful?© Pixabay

When picking out honey, experts suggest looking beyond just appearances, which can influence our perception of the product. The white foam and film, despite their irregular shapes, attest to the authenticity of the honey. If there's any visual factor to be concerned about, it should be the extended maintenance of honey in a perfect, liquid state. This could signify that additives that degrade honey's health benefits have been included.

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