If you want to buy pure natural honey then you may just have to spend more money.
What you get in your local stores these days are cheap imitations of the real deal and most of the “pure honey” available have misleading labels that try to convince customers of their authenticity.
These fake honey comprise of chemicals that have altered the real chemical composition of pure honey and it has been done that way to make it readily available for purchase and at an affordable price.
It has been proven through research by the Food Safety News that over 76% of all types of honey that is available in your local store have been put through a process referred to as ultra-filtration.
This process takes out the impurities in the honey such as the pollen and wax traces.
The excuse given by producers of these honey is that the process of ultra-filtration is necessary to ensure that crystallisation does not occur and also to extend the shelf-life of their product.
However, the pollen that is discarded from the honey is highly beneficial to our health.
Why it is important to have pollen in the honey according to researchers is so that one can know where the honey originated from just in case there are cases of pollen contamination.
One example of such instance it has to do with Chinese honey which is very often contaminated with metals and prohibited antibiotics, by having pollen in the honey one would be able to know where the honey originated from and act accordingly.
Honey That Lack Pollen Are Sold In These Places:
- CVS Pharmacy and Walgreen’s
- Also McDonald’s and KFC honey packages
- Walmart’s – Honey Winnie the Pooh lacks pollen
- About 77% of honey that is sold at Target, Sam’s Club and Costco lack pollen
It is also important to note that there are types of honey that have been mixed with glucose and also there are some that are rich in poor-quality mead and can therefore be referred to as adulterated honey as they are not natural and in a pure form.
Spotting Fake Honey Is Easy!
- You will know that your honey is adulterated if it does not crystallise over time. Pure natural honey when refrigerated will crystallize.
- Be observant and carefully read the labels of the honey jars. Check for high fructose corn syrup or glucose content, if seen then you know it’s fake.
- You can know if your honey has been adulterated with corn starch by adding some honey to a few drops of iodine put into a glass of water. If the water turns blue in colour then you know corn starch has been added.
- You will also know whether your honey has been adulterated with plaster when you add a couple of drops of vinegar to a water and honey mixture. If it foams then you will know that plaster has been added to your honey.
- When your honey ignites when you strike a match on it, it is pure.
- When you place a tablespoon of honey in a glass of water if the honey does not dissolve but rather floats on the water, then it is pure and natural, but if it dissolves in the water, then it is fake and of poor quality.
Source: Bare Natural Truth