- Volume 4 Issue 1
This report is intended to describe as brief as possible the result of study on purity of the Korean Bee Honey. Purity of bee honey was measured by scaling the enzyme activities of two different honey groups: such as, the standard group and control group each including the samples of honey originated from the resource of acarcia, chestnut or miscellaneous origin. The samples of honey were collected from different sources: to wit, honey belonging to the standard group were collected from the township of Seoboo, Yangju county, Kyunggido province, Korea, while honey belonging to the control group were collected from the street side shops, market or the companies producing the secondary food from honey. The results of this study were summarized as follow: 1. It was found that honey belonging to the standard group contained less moisture than those belonging to the control group. Republic of Korea Ministry of Health and Social Affairs Food Control Regulation stipulates that honey must contain moisture less than 20%. The samples of' both groups contained moisture more than 20%, although honey belonging to the control group were relatively more so than honey belonging to the standard group. 2. Honey belonging to the standard group were found stronger in sugar reduction activities than those belonging to the control group. It was also noted that honey of acracia origin was strongest in reduction activities of the three different origin in the same group. 3. $\alpha$-Amylase and $\beta$-amylase were discovered to have activated more strongly in honey belonging to the standard group than those belonging to the control group. The enzyme activitie, varied depending on the origin of plant where honey comes from. For instance, honey of miscellaneous origin indicated the strongest activities in $\alpha$-amylase while honey of chestnut origirt indicated strongest in $\beta$-amylase.