Can honey be warmed? From the TV screen and from the pages of magazines to tell us: DO NOT WARM! And they say that this is not just wrong, but even dangerous! Let’s see if heating honey is actually harmful.
The myth of the so-called danger of heated honey is based on the fact that when heated, oxymethylfurfural or OMP is released. In honey, the source of OMP is fructose. When heated, it breaks down, and a certain amount of OMP is released. It is important to note that OMP is present in all sweet foods that were heated during the manufacturing process: sweets, jam, biscuits, coffee, sweet soda and much more.
At the same time, GOST determines the limiting content of OMP in honey – no more than 25 mg / kg, and the content of OMP, for example, in soda can reach 300-350 mg / l, and in roasted coffee up to 2000 mg / kg. But even in such concentrations, OMP is absolutely safe for humans.
Speaking about honey, we can responsibly state that even if you boil it, you will not be able to achieve such a concentration of OMP that it becomes dangerous for the body.
Thus, we conclude that when honey is heated and even boiled, it remains absolutely safe for the body, but will it be useful? The main benefits of honey are glucose and fructose, which break down at temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius. In order for honey to remain as useful, it either does not need to be heated at all, or gradually heated to 40 degrees over low heat, and better in a water bath.
If you like tea or coffee with honey, eat it with a bite, so you will not only enjoy the taste, but also get a boost of health and vitality. When it comes to preparing hot dishes with honey, feel free to heat the honey, if necessary according to the recipe. The beneficial properties of honey will not be preserved, but this will not affect the taste.
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