If you are interested in natural remedies, then you know there is a difference between raw honey spreads and liquid processed honey. Raw honey is pure, unrefined, nonpasteurized, non-artificial raw honey as created naturally from bees. It contains pollen and propolis from the flower it is derived from and is organic. Liquid processed "honey" has honey flavor but has been heated (pasteurized) which destroys the nutrients of natural honey. Processed honey is usually only part honey and may contain less desirable ingredients such as sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and other artificial additives. Most high fructose corn syrup is derived from GMO corn syrup, meaning that the corn has been genetically modified. Many health experts are speaking out about the use of genetically modified foods because of their harmful effects. So for the most part, when you buy liquid processed honey, you are not likely getting pure honey and may be acquiring harmful ingredients. Reading labels is so important to make sure you are getting what you really think you have purchased.
It is important to note that children under one year old should never be given any type of honey, raw or not, as their immune systems are not fully developed yet. It can even result in botulism in an infant from the bacterial spores within honey which can be fatal. So do not feed children under one, perhaps age two even any honey to be on the safe side. The same rule should apply to those whose immune systems are compromised and weak.
The benefits of raw honey are many. It contains many antibacterial and antifungal qualities which is a plus to the immune system, particularly helpful in keeping the intestinal tract healthy, as it helps much like probiotics. Since raw honey contains some pollen, it can also help to build up a tolerance to pollen allergic reactions over an exposed time. Other internal benefits of consuming it are: lowering of blood sugar and blood pressure, helping to deter heart disease and cancer, treatment for sore throats, colds, and coughs, and healing of ulcers. Raw honey can even be applied externally to eyes with conjuntivitis (infected eyes) to soothe and help heal or be used on wounds and burns to help them heal. Remember that only natural raw honey has these healing qualities; processed, heated honey kills off these benefits. So even if you find a liquid honey that is pure honey, it would have been pasteurized and therefore lacking these incredible benefits found naturally.