‘Toxic honey’

Our raw honey can poison us!

our raw honey may be toxic to us.

It turns out that sometimes our excellent, amazing honey can poison us. It is possible when it is contaminated with nectar from toxic plants, which can grow everywhere. Can we know if our raw honey is safe or not? How do they poison us? Should we stop eating honey, though we know it is so healthy for our bodies? Research says Australian honeys are more toxic than other honeys. Does this mean we should stop eating manuka or leatherwood honey? Are… Read More

Heating honey kills enzymes. But is boiled honey toxic?

heating honey kills enzymes

A week ago somebody asked me if boiled honey was toxic. She knows that heating honey kills the enzymes, but also that cooking honey makes it toxic! I was somehow shocked. But then, considering the fear we have come to live in, due to the high level of toxicity found in over-processed food of these days, and also due to some people’s extreme reaction of becoming vegans, totally rejecting processed food, there is no wonder we have come to ask ourselves if it is… Read More

Himalayan Red Honey – aka mad, toxic, hallucinogenic honey from Nepal.

have you tried mad honey from nepal?

It’s a tough world! And searching for something, anything, that makes us happier is a normal thing. The reputation of some toxic honey, also called mad honey, red honey, hallucinogenic honey, as a product with psychoactive effects, has caught the attention of people. But as in many cases, reputation is oftentimes incomplete and misleading. It can, indeed, be used with recreational purposes, but only specific honeys, in specific doses and in certain moments. There are few people who know all these… Read More

A new dispute on manuka honey market: Is it toxic or not?

what is toxic honey

Manuka honey from New Zealand may have a problem of toxicity. High toxicity. I have got this feeling, reading different sources, that somehow, manuka honey is like a synthetic drug. Heals you of something and makes you ill of something else. Could this be possible with something so natural and so highly recommended? Well, history and lots of research said yes. Present says something else. It is known that manuka honey is a honey with proved antimicrobial efficiency. It comes from Australia and… Read More

How is manuka honey tested? Can we trust those tests?

tests done to manuka honey

What are the tests needed to confirm the authenticity and quality of manuka honey? There are 9 tests that are done today to confirm the authenticity and quality of manuka honey: Content of leptosperin; Concentrations of DHA; Concentration of MGO; Concentration of  HMF; Forecast of MG, NPA + HMF; Color & Conductivity; Minerals, Trace elements & heavy metals; Content of tutin; C4 sugars. All these are done by specialized laboratories and producers should all take these tests to ensure the safety and quality of… Read More

The celebration of manuka honey. Is MGO700 better than MGO300? Is manuka honey toxic?


Manuka honey is the most wanted honey these days. Is it that good? What MGO is better? How about the cases of poisoning with manuka honey? This article talks about all of these. Is manuka honey really that good or only marketing for another money-bringing industry? Is people buying less manuka honey? Not by far! New Zealand’s honey exports have grown from $NZ81 million in 2008–09 to $NZ187 million in 2013–14. So why the need for a sumptuous celebration? Because… Read More

Mad honey – Are you high?

mad honey takes you high!

No, I’m not kidding. There is a type of honey called ‘mad honey”, and yes, it can get you high! I mean, where do all the drugs originate from? Herbs! What is honey made of? Pollen of the herbs! So, if the bees arrive in an area of some psychedelic plants, the honey will have the plants’ “qualities”. The story of “mad honey” starts in Turkey. It is a dark, reddish honey, known as deli bal in Turkey.  It contains an ingredient from… Read More