Irradiation means to expose something to radiation or to bring shine a light on something to make it stand out. In this article we will focus on the first meaning of this phrase: The meaning of irradiated is to expose something to radiation.

A picture of pure, raw litchi honey to better explain the meaning of irradiated

Meaning of radiation in fruits and vegetables

Most fruits and vegetables (and honey) that you find in shops would have been exposed to radiation. Radiation is great for when you would like your food to last longer. But it takes away much of the nutrients in the food. Honey is mostly irradiated so that it does not crystallize, making it easier to pour.

Meaning of irradiated Honey

Irradiated Meaning shown in a picture of raw orange blossom honey

Irradiation means that food such as fruit and vegetables will last longer. However, the only advantage with irradiating honey is that it will flow easier. This means that you can pour it more easily.

However, if honey is irradiated, it means that it is not as healthy as it used to be. Honey in its natural form is much more healthy.

Read more about all the benefits of pure raw honey in this blog article.

Is it healthy to eat Irradiated Honey?

It is much better to eat pure, raw honey that has not been irradiated or heated. This will ensure that all of the health benefits of honey is still inside.

Make sure that you eat raw honey that is sourced from a local supplier. Local raw honey is healthier for you than honey sourced from another area or country.

This is why it is important to only source honey from local bee keepers.

Where to get local honey that is not irradiated

Melnovus only sources the best quality honey from local sources. This ensures that we support our local beekeepers. Melnovus makes sure that the honey is raw, of a good quality and not Irradiated (meaning raw).

You can find honey that has not been irradiated on our store. If you would like to ask us any questions, please visit our Facebook page.

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A picture of raw honeycomb with a white background (meaning non-irradiated)

Frequently asked Questions (FAQ)

What is meant by irradiated honey?

Irradiated honey is honey that has been exposed to high-speed particles or electromagnetic radiation. This basically kills the microorganisms inside the honey. Therefore, irradiated honey is no longer as healthy as raw honey.

Should honey be irradiated?

All honey that is imported into South Africa needs to be irradiated by law. However, irradiated honey is not very healthy and is much like sugar. Therefore, only consume raw, pure, unadulterated honey.

Is irradiated honey better than non-irradiated honey?

No. Irradiated honey is much worse for you when compared to non-irradiated honey. All the good stuff is killed and you may as well consume refined sugar. Rather eat pure, raw honey.

What is the healthiest honey?

The healthiest honey in the world is manuka honey. It is only produced in New Zealand and is very raw.

The healthiest type of honey is honey as it comes out of the hive. Unfiltered, unheated and non-irradiated.

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