The International Honey Commission (IHC) has determined that the quality of honey be measured based on its Diastase Enzyme activity level, and should be no less than 8 Schade units. This is due to 3 main reasons:
1. Many honey producers heat honey for pasteurisation and to reduce its moisture level. However, heating honey to a mere 60°C will damage most of its natural enzymes, vitamins and antioxidants. Diastase is heat sensitive so if the diastases’ activity is lower than 8 Schade units, it would most probably mean that the honey was excessively heated and may have lost a lot of its beneficial enzymes, vitamins and antioxidants.
2. Diastase activity level also reduces when honey is being kept for a long time so a diastase level above 8 Schade units would mean that the honey is fresh.
3. Some bee farmers feed their bees with sugar to make the bees produce honey all year round, even when the weather is unsuitable and there are no flowers. This method also produces honey faster than the traditional way where the bees fly up to 6 or even 8 kilometres each day to collect nectar from flowers. Research have found however that sugar-fed bees produce honey that has VERY LOW levels of diastase, other enzymes and NO plant-based antioxidants, which together, provide the many benefits honey. A diastase activity level above 8 Schade units indicates that the honey is produced by flower bees (not sugar-fed bees), so it WILL HAVE all the nutritional benefits as nature intended it to.
Lovoury Honey has been tested by independent, accredited laboratories in Thailand and Germany, and results show high diastase enzyme activity of over 12 units for our Wildflower Honey and 18 units for our Longan Flower Honey.