Honey production is a competitive industry in Malaysia which has many players. One player that stands tall amongst its peers is GiantB. They have been at the forefront for many decades, providing high-quality honey products to many customers. Here are the reasons why their products are internationally recognized and sought-after by a lot of consumers.
Right Water content
One factor that affects the freshness of honey is its water content. The lower the water content, the better the quality. It is best for honey to have a water content less than 19%. The reason why low water content is preferable is because honey will lose its fresh quality and may start to ferment if the water content is more than 20%. Fermentation occurs because of the wild yeast contained in the honey. With low water content, there is a high sugar concentration, and therefore honey will less likely to ferment. Aside from that, the yeast will only be in its dormant stage and not continue the fermentation process. On the other hand, high water content in honey causes the wild yeast to trigger fermentation that affects the quality of the honey, making it acidic and watery.
GiantB honey’s water content
GiantB honey products are known for their low water content. How do they achieve this? First, their beekeepers visit the beehive daily. Then, they cultivate honey from the comb and use a gadget called refractometer to know the concentration of sugar in the honey and at the same time check its water content. As time passes by and the bees create honey, the excess water will be eliminated which leaves a thick syrup. Once the honey achieves the desired water content, the comb can then be removed. With GiantB, you are guaranteed of quality honey with a syrupy texture, perfect for medical remedies, supplements, and other uses.
Adequate HMF Levels
The factor that determines the purity of honey is its HMF levels. Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) is a chemical compound that develops during storage or extracting of honey. For honey, the desired levels of HMF should be under 10 or 15 milligrams per kilogram. HMF levels above this may be a sign that the honey is exposed to temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius or is heated during the extraction process. A heated honey or one that has elevated levels of HMF is not a good thing. This is because it is deprived of nutritional components that are found in honey with low HMF levels such as antioxidant and antibacterial properties. One way to figure out whether the honey has low or high levels of HMF is to take note of the color. If it is too dark, then that means the honey underwent excessive heating or was stored above room temperature.
GiantB’s honey is internationally recognized for its light color and mild taste, which indicates low levels of HMF. If you are going to purchase their honey, make sure to store it in a refrigerator to keep its purity and freshness.
Absence of Inverted Sugar
Inverted sugar is a sweetener that is produced by heating a mixture of sugar, water, and cream of tartar. Some manufacturers add inverted sugar to their honey to make it stickier, thicker, and sweeter. This variety is adulterated, therefore it is fake honey. Yes, you read it right, there is such thing as fake honey. So, how can you know if it’s pure or organic honey? Besides having low levels of HMF, organic honey should have just the right stickiness, thickness, and aroma. These factors are characteristics of GiantB’s honey products, making them a reliable brand when it comes to pure honey.
Presence of Impurities
A honey that is free from impurities is a good sign for most consumers but what most people don't know is that pure honey should appear cloudy and unappealing. The presence of pollen, wax, bee body parts, wood splinters, dust, etc., is surely unappetizing, but those particles signify the honey’s purity. Today, most honey manufacturers filter such contaminations in their products to make them look commercially appealing to consumers. Despite the cloudy appearance of GiantB honey, this is still the preferred product by consumers who have the know-how on such product.
Light or Amber Color
It is believed that honey with a darker color signifies high HMF content. This is because dark honey is heated or stored above normal temperatures. Pure honey is usually light or amber in color, which has a mild and pleasant taste. Aside from that, it contains sodium, manganese, potassium, sulfur, iron, chlorine, and magnesium which are essential minerals for our body. Therefore, it is best to go for honey with a light or amber color, which is a characteristic of GiantB honey products, that is why many people prefer them.